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VCU ALUMNI ASSOCIATION 

Alumni Associtition Officers 

Kathleen Burke Barrett 71 BS '73MS/B 

PBESIDENI 

Andrew Hulcher '84BS/B 

VICE PRESIDENT 

J. SauthallStone'71BS/B 

SECREIAR V 

Dan Massey '92BS/B 

I R [ A .^: U R [ R 

Stephanie Holt '74BS/E 

OFFICER AT LARGE 

HughKeogh'81MS/MC 

MMEniATF PAS! PRESIDENT 



Cluurs of School Alumni Boards 
Thomas House '95BGS/H&S 

NONTRADITIONAL STUDIES PROGRAM 

Thomas Silvestri '86MBA 

S C H I OF BUSINESS 

Cheryl Magill'81MEd'99PhD 

SCHOOL OF EDUCATION 



Board of Directors 

TERM EXPIRING 2004 

William Davis '74BS/H&S/CPA '79MS/H&S/CPA 

Jo Lynn DeMary '72MEd 

Stephanie Holt '74BS/E 

Juanita Leatherberry '73BS/B 

Timothy McKeever '96MBA 

Michael Wade '86BS/H&S '91MS(RC|/AH 

Linda Warren '75BS/B 



TERM EXPIRING 2003 

Peter Aiken '82 BS'85MS/B 

Marika Byrd '92BGS/NTS 

Quentin Corbett '72BS/B 

Mary Cosby'93/H&S '96MS(RC)/AH 

Nina Sims '93BS/MC 

Paul Hundley '86BFA 

Cecil Millner'78BS/B'82MACC 

Susan Noble '9eMT/E 

Edwin Slipek '74BFA 

TERM EXPIRING 2002 

Donna Coghill '90BFA '94MFA 

Eleanor Rumae Foddrell '82BS/B 

William Ginther '69BS '74MS/B 

Carol Negus '63BFA 

Cathy Pond '76BSW'80MSW 

Kristi Vera '97MSW 

AFRICAN AMERICAN AlUUNI COUNCIL 

Michelle Jones '87BS/H&S 



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9-11 Response 

VCU reached out to parents of students and to alumni, to let 
them know of response on caiTipus and imnting comments. 
Here are some of them. 

"As a mother, my first reaction was a desire to gather all 
my children, one from her job, one from high school 
and one from VCU and bring them under the wings 
again...! am very gratified to see all that the school has 
done." 

Carol McKearin 

"As parents 250 miles away from our daughter, it gives 
us a great deal of comfort to know there are caring 
people there at a time of need.... 

The Waitkus Family 

"It is reassuring to know that VCU is not only con- 
cerned for the well-being of tlieir students but to keep 
them informed on national events as well." 

JIU Croft 

"1 am glad to know VCU is responding sensitively. 1 
also hope you will involve all students in being sensi- 
tive to there not being any outbreak of anti-Arab senti- 
ments in the VCU community. The potential for 
violence and racism seems all too high, especially as 
there is so much talk of retaliation and 'use of force.' I 
wonder if teach-ins or some such 
program could be helpful? 

Sarah Eggleston 

[Seepage for VCU's Teach-in.] 

"1 am thankful to have been spared the loss of life and 
jobs that so many are having to endure. At these times 
it is especially important to connect with loved ones 
and friends, so 1 would like to hear from my friends in 
the MBA classes of 1980 and 1981." 

Cynthia Ball '81MBA 

Unfathomable still. 
Kim Rossi '91 

1 would express condolences to those who have lost 
loved ones. I pray that our nation exercise restraint in 
any response to that action. 1 pray that we do not enter 
into an endless cycle of retribution. 

David Huebner '88 

Reaction in Europe 

For those of us outside the USA who are not living with 
other Americans on military bases or in U.S. embassy 
compounds, 1 think it was especially difficult, although 
by that evening I was in contact via telephone and 
email other U.S. citizens here in Munich and world- 
wide. 

On the day of the attack neighbors, friends and co- 
workers called me at home, asking how 1 was, and 
whether I had any family or friends in New York or 
DC. There were expressions of horror, sorrow, some 
anger. This continued for weeks. 

Media coverage in Germany was excellent and con- 
tinuous. Both the September 1 1 Fund Benefit and the 
Memorial in Yankee Stadium were carried live on 
German television, with excellent translations. 

Coverage has been objective to the point that it is 
hard to listen to. Certainly there were enough examples 
of what had "not" been done leading up to this and 
the "dangers" tliat lie ahead with amied confiict. The 




Mary Elizabeth Glascock and Jeanne Gill 

Warm Meeting 

1 made my first trip to Alaska, via the Inland Passage, 
July 13-21, 2001, on the Yorktown clipper, Tauck. At a 
social on the ship, 1 met Jack Glascock, from Orange, 
Virginia. 1 mentioned to him that during World War II, 
1 worked for the American Red Cross in Norfolk with 
Mamie N. Glascock. He looked at me intently, thought 
a minute, and said, "We are related." What a lift that 
gave me. 

For some reason, 1 told his wife I went to college in 
Richmond, at RPl. "So did 1," she said. "I was Jeanne 
Levinson then; I lived in Founder's Hall," I said. "I was 
Mary Elizabeth Anderson, and I lived in Hickok," she 
answered. "You look too young to have been in my 
class," I said. "I graduated in 1947," she said. "So did I." 

That experience made a profound impression on 
me. A lovely woman from Massachusetts, upon 
hearing tlie story, said to me, "There are only four 
degrees of separation." How tme that is! 

Jeanne Le\inson Gill '47BS/H&S 

media and general public seem to be conflicted with 
the thought that "something" has to be done — but 
what? And what would be the consequences of such an 
action? 

Patriotism is another animal here, and there has 
been an ongoing debate in Gemiany about this idea of 
loving your country. If an American waves a flag, it is 
accepted, even somewhere like the Olympics. If a 
German does it, it is somehow frowned upon (mostly 
by Gennans!), as it harks back to the days of Hitler & 
Company. Because of the history here, it is different. 

So that is it. 1 am still trying to make sense of it all. 
(I had booked a flight to the USA on 10 September!) 

Gerald Bowman '82MSW 

Munich, Germany 

Honoring Sisisl<y 

1 am writing regarding the recent article in Shafer Court 
magazine on Norman Sisisky's death. My father, who 
lived in Mr. Sisisky's disfrict, passed away several years 
ago. Mr. Sisisky heard about my father's death, and to 
honor my father, he had an American flag flown over 
the Capital. He then sent the flag to my mother. You 
cannot imagine what that gesture meant to my 
mother. 

If I had lived in his district, he would have gotten 
the vote from this life-long Republican. 

Jeffrey Ligon '76BS/B 

rice center? 

A wee smile on this Monday. 

Bravo for the Summer 2001 issue of Shafer Court 
Connections. 

However, when 1 saw "Rice Center," having lived in 
Charleston for 21 years near former rice plantations, 1 
flrst thought the biology department was setting up an 
experimental site in Charles City County to study and 
grow (R)ice! (rice). 

A transplanted Virginian. 

Sandra Tims '63BME '68Med 



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a magazine for alumni and 
friends of tlie Academic Campus of 
Virginia Commonwealth University 
in Richmond. VCU is a Carnegie One 
Research University with an enroll- 
ment of 24,000 students on the 
Academic and Medical College of 
Virginia Campuses. The magazine is 
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Life Sciences Outreach 

Richmond area K-1 2 schoolchildren and 
community members will soon be using 
VCU's new ecological treasure, The 
Ingrid and Walter Rice Center for 
Environmental Life Sciences, as a living 
laboratory, thanks to a new grant 
awarded to the biology department. The 
Jessie Ball DuPont Religious, Charitable 
and Education Fund grant will support a 
full-time coordinator to develop ecologi- 
cal and environmental outreach 
programs, at the new center, a 342-acre 
tract of land 30 minutes east of VCU. 
Biologist Anne Wright, research associ- 
ate in the Aquatic Biology Laboratory, 
will head the program. 

VCU has already initiated its Life 
Sciences Scholars Program to introduce 
high school students to the emerging 
field. In summer 2001 , 30 high school 
students traveled to VCU to live and 
breath life sciences for 10 days. The 
2001 program focused on bioethical 
issues raised by the role of technology in 
today's human society. Students looked 
at environmental protection, genetic 
sequencing, and the ethical and scientif- 
ic questions about DNA evidence in 
criminal cases. 

Engineering Accreditation 

The School of Engineering earned 
first-time accreditation for its chemical, 
electrical and mechanical engineering 
programs this year by the Accreditation 
Board for Engineering and Technology, a 
federation of 31 professional engineer- 
ing and technical societies. The School 
offers bachelor's degrees in electrical, 
mechanical, chemical and biomedical 
engineering as well as master's and 
doctoral degrees in engineering. VCU's 
undergraduate biomedical program will 
be considered for accreditation in 2003. 



It's "the intellectual revolution of 

the 21st century," said President 

Eugene Tram. Life Sciences, he 

emphasized, "is not a single discipline but an interdisciplinan/ approach to studying the 
complexities of life — whether a molecule, an organism; a disease or an ecosystem." 

On November 15, 2001, VCU dedicated the new $28.1 million Eugene P. and Lois E. 
Tram Center for Life Sciences, a facility for education and research. (See Shafer Court 
Connections, Summer 2001 .) About 500 guests, including Governor Mark Warner and 
other state and national leaders in the sciences and government, toured the building, saw 
video presentations and attended a gala reception and dinner. Earlier in the afternoon, 
three faculty experts spoke at a Forum on Bioterronsm — a sample of VCU's new course, 
Life Sciences 101. 

Two recent grants support VCU's Life Sciences initiative. As part of $18 million in 
funding to Virginia's research universities, VCU will receive $3 million to lead a cancer 
genomics project to develop more cost-effective means of diagnosing and treating 
cancer. VCU is also one of four universities to establish a statewide bioinformatics consor- 
tium, funded by a $1 .5 million state grant. 

VCU's Life Sciences program received the 2001 Virginia Biotechnology Initiative 

Award in October from the Virginia Biotechnology Association. 




Cum Laude 

The University honored four of its faculty for 
superior contributions to VCU and the communi- 
ty at its annual Convocation 
ceremony in September. 

Dr. Leila Christenbury 
received the University's Award 
for Lxcellence. Christenbury 
teaches methods in high school 
English writing and literature in 
the School of Education. She is 
president of the National CouncU of Teachers of 
English and past editor of The English Journal. A 
colleague called her "the epitome of what a faailty 
member should be: intellectuaUy curious, sensi- 
tive, scholarly and involved." She commented not 
only on the necessity of flexible, varied methods 
of teaching, but on single, high-stakes testing, 
saying firmly, "One size fits few. 
Students are, as they always have 
been, remarkably varied." 

This year's Distinguished 
Scholar, Dr. Lindon Eaves, is dis- 
tinguished professor of human 
genetics and co-director of the 
Virginia Institute for Psychiatric 
and Beha\'ioral Genetics, widely known as the 
home of the Mid-Atlantic Twin Registry, 
Colleagues from around the globe consider Eaves, 
"the most creative and original statistical geneti- 
cist of his generation," and "the most accom- 
plished and acclaimed scientist currently working 
the field of behavior genetics." 

Dr. Michael Joyce Sheridan, 
associate professor in the School 
of Social Work, received the 
Distinguished Teaching Award. 
She teaches areas from social 
justice to research methods, and 
her special interest in the relation- 






ship between spirituality and social work resonates 
with her students. For Sheridan, the three most 
important qualities for teaching are authenticity, 
mutual respect, and collaboration between teacher 
and students. "Together, we are all responsible for 
creating a safe and stimulating ahnosphere where 
real learning can take place." 

Distinguished Service Award 
recipient Dr. Paul Wehman was 
honored for his tireless 25-year 
advocacy of "supported employ- 
ment," the idea that with 
adequate support, people with dis- 
abilities could hold real jobs. His 
coUeague Dr. Fred Orelove says that Wehman's 
contributions have meant "jobs for tens of thou- 
sands of people with significant disabilities, many 
of whom were previously unemployed." Wehman 
is professor of teacher education and director of 
the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center 
for the School of Medicine. "My aim," said 
Wehman, "is to help people who were disenfran- 
chised. I applaud my colleagues at RRC. They 
make my life good." 

Bio-Smart 

VCU chemical engineer Dr. Anthony Guiseppi- 
Elie and 1,200 other professors and government 
researchers found themselves in an unlikely 
location for an international chemistry summit — 
Havana, Cuba. Guiseppi-Elie, who directs VCU's 
Center for Bioelecttonics, Biosensors and Biochips, 
was one of only four North Americans to deliver 
plenary addresses to the first joint meeting of the 
International Congress of Chemistry and the 
Caribbean Conference on Chemistry and 
Chemical Engineering. "There is much quality 
science and important technological innovation 
going on in the Caribbean Basin and throughout 
Latin America," he explains. "Cuba has made a 



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Great Connections 

DDi Corp., a leading provider of time-critical 
interconnect services for the electronics industry 
is collaborating with VCU's School of Engineering, 
the University of Virginia and industry sponsors 
DuPont, Panasonic and Zuken, on a Center for 
Advanced Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Design and 
Manufacturing, located at VCU. The state agreed 
to match set-up and staffing costs, and made a 
$1.4 million three-year grant to the Center. 

DDI designs, tests, and manufactures PCBs that 
interconnect the Integrated Circuits, the "chips," 
that form the system in products from cellular 
phones to aircraft flight control systems, to elec- 
tronic toys. The work is "time-critical" because 
designs must be done quickly and correctly to hit 
the optimum market window for a product, often 
18 months or less. 

Brian McDermott, DDi Corp. director of tech- 
nology, explained, "The center will operate as a 
DDi business unit, initiating work for our existing 
Virginia PCB manufacturing operations." The 
facility will also function as a center for research, 
where faculty and graduate students can work 
with our expert designers and engineers to 
experience the most advanced technologies and 
processes related to high speed and high density 
interconnect design." The Center will begin 
operations this spring. 

The School of Engineering hosted the 14th 
Biennial University/Government/Industry 
Microelectronics Symposium June 17-20, 2001. 
Engineering educators and researchers from Brazil, 
Singapore and the U.S. exchanged information 
about technologies and educational programs 
related to micro or nano-fabrication — making 
devices and new materials at the microscopic 
and molecular level. VCU's Dr. Robert Pearson, 
who chaired the executive planning committee, 
commented, "dries compete to host these 
symposiums because they help attract high-tech 
companies." 



Diapers on the battlefield? Not exactly, but VCU 
researchers have developed a new high-tech 
bandage for the U.S. Army, called the BioHemostat, 
which chief investigator Dr. Marcus Carr likens to dis- 
posable diapers. Carr, professor of internal medicine, 
pathology and biomedical engineenng, says the 
device's fibrous material expands as it absorbs about 
1 ,400 times its weight, making it a better alternative 
than the battlefield tourniquet. 

"The good thing about a tourniquet is it stops all 
blood flow," says Carr, president of Hemodyne Inc., located in the Virginia Biotechnology Research 
Park. "But the bad thing is it can cause complications, such as nerve damage and blood stoppage, 
that increase the risk of amputation." The BioHemostat expands when wet to fill a wound and 
stop arterial bleeding, allowing blood to continue flowing to other parts of the limb and reducing 
amputation risks. A medic, a buddy, or the soldier himself can insert the device into a wound — a 

literal stopgap, until the patient gets to a 
surgeon. 

Two-thirds of all combat-related deaths are 
from bleeding, 80 percent within 15 minutes of 
injury. Military statistics for limb amputations 
from battlefield arterial wounds have not 
improved since World War II. Carr adds that 50 
percent of civilian trauma deaths result from 
bleeding. He presented his early work to a U.S. 
Department of Defense conference in Florida 
on Sept. 1 1 . The device has received national 
exposure, including coverage in the Boston Globe. 



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significant commitment to the chemical sciences 
and biotechnology." 

Guiseppi-Eli spoke about his research on "Bio- 
smart" materials-— designing chemically respon- 
sive materials. These materials are the basis for a 
new generation of implantable biosensors. They 
, could be designed to continuously monitor levels 
of metabolites such as glucose and lactate — in 
people with diabetes, for example — and release 
measured doses of insulin at elevated levels of 
glucose. 

These devices could also be engineered to 
respond to cancer biomarkers and release 
chemotherapeutic agents into tumor sites after 
surgical removal of solid tumors. 

Specialists in Aging 

VCU's School of Social Work was awarded one of 
five $500,000 grants from the William Randolph 
Hearst Foundation's 2001 Initiative in Aging. This 
grant is one of the largest in the School's history 
and will be used for scholarships for graduate 
students studying aging — on the Richmond 
campus and in Northern Virginia. "This award tes- 
tifies to the strength of the faculty at the School 
and the expertise in gerontolog}' at VCU," com- 
mented Dr. Frank Baskind, dean of Social Work 
and president of "the national Council of Social 
Work Education. 

The School of Social Work and the Virginia 
Geriatric Center in the School of Allied Health 
Professions ofi-'er a joint master's degree/certificate 
program with a specialty in aging. U.S. Neu's and 
World Report ranks VCU's Master's in Social Work 
13th in the country. In a survey of research pub- 
lished during the 1990s, the School's faailU' 
ranked 3rd in articles in social work journals and 
8th in other publications. 



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Scientific Frontiers 

VCU chemistry professor, Dr. Raphael 
Ottenbrite, with scientists and engineers 
from Italy, Israel and Japan, organized 
the Fourth International Symposium on 
Frontiers in Biomedical Polymers, held in 
May 2001 in Williamsburg, Virginia. 
More than 120 people from 17 countries 
participated in the conference, which 
focused on biomaterials and drug 
delivery systems. 

Healthy Choice 

Consumers named the VCU Health 
System among the top hospital systems 
in the nation, in a recent sun/ey by 
National Research Corporation. VCU's 
Medical College of Virginia Hospitals 
and HCA Henrico Doctors' Hospital were 
co-winners for the Richmond market and 
two of the three award recipients for 
Virginia, 

"We are especially proud of this 
ranking because it is based on con- 
sumers' assessments of how well we 
are doing our job," comments VCU presi- 
dent. Dr. Eugene Irani. VCU joins an 
elite group of 120 hospital systems 
nationwide, including Johns Hopkins 
Hospital, Yale-New Haven Hospital and 
Duke University Medical Center 
Rankings were based on quality and 
image for overall health care service. 

Smoking 

VCU researchers won a $7.9 million NIH 
grant to study nicotine and marijuana 
receptors in the body and the effects of 
acute and chronic drug abuse exposure. 
The five-year award will fund eight con- 
current research projects in the National 
Institute on Drug Abuse Center for Drug 
Abuse Research at VCU, led primarily by 
investigators from the Schools of 
Medicine and Pharmacy. 

Two projects will focus on nicotine, 
which is generating interest as a 
possible analgesic. But Dr, Billy Martin, 
NIDA center director and chair of phar- 
macology and toxicology, says, "there 
are other effects that aren't desirable 
such as changes in blood pressure. We 
know nicotine acts on a system that 
interacts with pain pathways, so there's 
something here for us to learn about the 
mechanism of pain perception." Six 
more projects will involve marijuana, 
concentrating on tolerance, dependence, 
receptors in the body, and potential links 
to the immune system. 

M.D.-NOVA 

VCU's plans for a medical campus in 
Northern Virginia took a step forward 
with approval from the State Council of 
Higher Education lor Virginia (SCHEVf A 
School of Medicine campus at INOVA 
Fairfax Hospital would include under- 
graduate medical education for third- 
and fourth-year Northern Virginia VCU 
students, residency training, continuing 
medical education and joint clinical 
outcomes research and biotechnology. 
VCU officials anticipate a fall 2005 
opening, pending final approval by the 
governor and the General Assembly. 



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Ahead of the Plan 

VCU met Its research fund goal a year 
early, as University investigators 
received $136 million in grants for 
advanced studies in fiscal year 2000-01 . 
"We tiave grown $12 million... 10 
percent," commented Dr. Marsha Torr, 
vice president for research. "We didn't 
think we'd do it in the first year, but we 
have." VCU's original goal was $135 
million in annual research funding by 
fiscal year 2002, Federal funding, an 
important measure of competitiveness 
among academic research institutions, 
grew 17 percent, which will help recruit 
top faculty and students. 

VCU gave its first Research 
Leadership awards November 5, with 
the top prize going to the School of 
Education. In the past year, the Division 
of Teacher Education had a 101 percent 
growth in federal funding and a 37 
percent rise in funding overall. The 
award included $27,000, which the 
School will use for a doctoral fellowship. 

Second and third place went to the 
Departments of Biology and Anatomy, 
and fourth place jointly to the 
Departments of Human Genetics, 
Physiology, Medicinal Chemistry, and 
Microbiology and Immunology. 

DPT. 

Future VCU physical therapy graduate 
students will earn a doctorate instead of 
the current master's degree. Dr. Mary 
Snyder Shall '91PhD/M-BH, interim 
chair, said the new three-year program, 
beginning in fall 2002, "will allow us to 
maintain our leadership role among 
physical therapy programs nationally." 
The department's graduate program is 
ranked 15th nationally by U.S. News & 
World Report. 

The doctoral curriculum includes 
eight more weeks of clinical education 
and 23 more credit hours. One of the 
first in the U.S., VCU's PT program 
enrolls 54 graduate students each year 
from about 500 applicants. 

Measuring Up 

VCU art student Haegeen Kim was one 
of 16 winners of the "Outstanding 
Student Achievement in Contemporary 
Sculpture Award" from the International 
Sculpture Center. Her sculpture of 
tailors' tape measures, "Iceberg, 2000" 
had some tough competition from 205 
nominees from 46 college and university 
sculpture programs around the globe. "I 
want my work to be as intimate as a 
bowl of steamed rice I eat everyday. . .," 
she says. 




On January 22, 2002, Governor Warner submitted hiis budget amendments for the current fiscal 
year and the 2002-04 biennium. Responding to a serious shortfall in state revenue, Governor 
Warner recommends across-the-board cuts for all state agencies and institutions of higher educa- 
tion: 3 percent for the current fiscal year; 7 percent for 2002-03, beginning July 1 ; and 8 percent for 
2003-04. The Governor recommends further cuts for higher education — to be offset by tuition 
increases of up to 5 percent in each year of the 2002-04 biennium. 

For VCU, the proposed cuts, balanced by tuition increases, will mean a reduction of $5.3 
million in spending this fiscal year, before July 1 , and a reduction of approximately $14.3 million in 
spending in each of the next two fiscal years. The 2002-04 cuts represent approximately 5 percent 
of our total Education and General Funding. That is roughly equal to the combined budgets Of the 
Schools of Education and Engineering. 

Governor Warner recommends a 20-percent reduction in the proposed increase for student 
financial aid; a 10-percent reduction in general fund support in 2003-04 for research and public 
service centers; deferring funding increases for the Virginia Microelectronics Consortium; and elimi- 
nating general fund support for marketing at the Virginia Biotechnology Research Park. He recom- 
mends postponing fall 2002 faculty-staff salary increases — although he would also reduce employ- 
ees' share of an increase in health insurance costs. 

For indigent care costs, the Governor's amendments would substitute non-general funds for 
state tax revenues — probably from federal funds. 

There is better news for VCU's planned capital improvements and new building in a proposal 
by Senator John Chichester and Delegate Vincent Callahan. Building Virginia's Future calls for a 
capital construction program of $1 .2 billion for colleges and universities over the next six to eight 
years. The first $845.9 million is included in a General Obligation Bond bill to be submitted to voters 
in November 2002. 

Under this proposal, VCU would receive about $84.4 million for most of the capital projects 
approved by the Board of Visitors in the University's Six-Year Infrastructure Plan for 2002-04, 
except for Franklin Street Gym renovations and Phase II Renovations of University Libraries. (Phase 
I is under way.) More than half the amount would go toward fire-safety code compliance and reno- 
vations of Hibbs, the Business Building, the Music Center, Franklin Terrace, University Libraries, 
Sanger and West Hospital. New building projects included are School of Engineering, Phase II; 
Massey Cancer Center Addition; and Medical Sciences Building, Phase II. Although the bond bill 
does not include support for related equipment costs estimated at $1 2.7 million, VCU expects to 
find alternative funding for that. The proposal also includes issuing $2 million in Virginia Public 
Building Authonty bonds to buy land for the Virginia Biotechnology Research Park. 

At press time in early February, Schools, Divisions and Departments across the University, 
were developing plans to implement expected cuts. As the General Assembly is still discussing 
the budget and amendments, the situation Is still fluid. 

VCU remains committed to its mission to provide education for resident and nonresident 
students. The University continues to decrease its dependence on state funds, through recruiting 
more nonresident students, attracting more research grants, and attracting more private gifts for 
endowments and student scholarships. 



Comings and Goings 

Dr. Albert T. Sneden, senior associate dean of tiie 
College of Humanities and Sciences and professor 
of chemistry, was appointed interim dean of the 
School of Graduate Studies July 1, 2001. Sneden, 
who has taught chemistry at VCU since 1977, 
plans to develop new graduate programs as 
interim dean. "1 want to work with graduate 
students to find ways to support their graduate 
education and research needs," he says. 

.After more than 14 years as School of Education 
dean, Dr. John S. Oehler stepped down July 1 to 
lead VCU's Center for Schools and Community' 
Collaboration. The Center, founded in 1990 by 
Dr. Gaynelie Whitlock, works with school districts 
throughout Virginia to prevent alcohol and sub- 
stance abuse, youth violence and crisis situations. 
Whitlock is retiring after securing nearly $4 
million in grants for Center programs. Dr. 
Richard Rezba, director of VCU's Science 
l.ducation Project, is interim dean of the School. 
Rezba's colleagues fondly refer to him as "Mr. 
Wizard" for his quarter-century of training 
teachers in innovative instructional technology 
and science education. 



After 1 1 years as director of the Office of 
Multicultural Student Affairs, Victor Collins left 
VCU in August to become dean of students at the 
University of Tennessee. VCU hired Collins in 
1989 to create the office, which provides support 
and empowerment for VCU students. In 1999 he 
created a Center for Multicultural Acttviries, "to 
help VCU students become citizens of the worid." 
Dr. Napoleon Peoples, a senior staff member of 
University Counseling Services since 1970, is 
interim director of the office. 

Robert W. Taylor '83BS/B MAI, SRA is the new 

director of the Virginia Real Estate Center, an edu- 
cational arm of the VCU School of Business Real 
Estate and Land Development program. Outgoing 
director. Dr. James Boykin, Alfred L. Blake Chair of 
Real Estate, created the Center in 1981 to research 
and distribute reports and bulletins on real estate 
and mortgage financing topics throughout 
Virginia. 

An active real estate professional, Taylor was 
with Knight, Dortn & Rountrey from 1991, and 
previously with Rountrey and Associates, both in 
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Institute, the International Right of Way 
Association, American Real Estate and Urban 
Economists Association, and has written for Tlie 
Appraisal Journal. 

The expanding program "needs a full time 
director to continue the Center's progress in 
bringing new programs and procedures to the 
attention of the real estate and financially related 
industries," explains Boykin, who continues as 
Department chair. Recently the program 
launched a distance learning graduate certificate 
in real estate, and the 1 1th Emerging Real Estate 
Conference attracted nearly 500 professionals and 
students. 

Dr. Donna R. Brodd is interim vice provost for 
Academic Affairs. Brodd comes to VCU from her 
position as Academic Affairs Director and 
Academic Programs Director for the State Council 
of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV), where 
she ser\'ed in various roles since 1987. 

David Baldacci '83BA/H&S, best-selling author of 
Absolute Power and other political suspense novels, 
to the VCU Board of Visitors in fall, 2001. Other 
new Board members are G. Bryan Slater, political 
director of the Republican National Committee; 
Laura McMichael, finance director for U.S. Rep. 
Eric Cantor-R; and E. Janet Riddick, policy 
analyst at the Office of the Secretary of Health 
and Human Resources. 

Dr. Judy VanSlyke Turk, 30-year mass communi- 
cations veteran, becomes director of the School of 
Mass Communications in March, taking over 
from Dr. Terry Oggel, acting director for two years. 
The school has been without a permanent director 
for four years. 

Turk comes to VCU from Zayed University in 
the United Arab Emirates, where she was founding 
dean of the College of Communication and Media 
Sciences. The School of Mass Comm, she says, 
"has an unprecedented opportunity to establish 
itself as a leader . . . preparing graduates to work in 
the sdll-developing converged world of journalism 
and mass communication." 

Formerly a reporter and public relations 
specialist, Turk is past president of the Association 
for Education in Journalism and Mass Communi- 
cation. Ln 1992, the Public Relations Society of 
America named her Outstanding Public Relations 
Educator. She has directed mass communication 
programs at the Universities of South Carolina 
and Kent State, and she's co-editor oijoumalism 
Shidies, an intemational journal. 

But will they buy it? 

He's pushed soda pop, sneakers and software and 
now he's telling the world how to do it-responsi- 
bly. Former ad man and associate professor at 
VCU's Adcenter, Jelly Helm is on a United Nations 
panel to involve the ad industry in selling the 
world on "sustainable consumption." 

"The ad industry's first step," Helm says, "is 
simply to acknowledge that the products we 
choose to represent do have an impact on the 
world. We must be willing to take responsibility 
for the sale of these products." Helm is the only 
American and the only educator on the 12- 
member UN Advisory Committee, which held its 
first meeting in Paris last spring. 

The committee is working to improve commu- 



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A revolution in thought demands 
innovative teaching as well as a 
state-of-the-art facility. Life Sciences 
101 IS a new kind of introductory 
course, where freshmen science 
majors hear faculty stars talk about 
their ongoing research in highly 
topical areas. As part of the dedica- 
tion, media representatives and 
guests were invited to join students 
at a Forum on Bioterronsm with 
three faculty experts involved in 
projects to counter bioterronsm. 

Dr. Richard Wenzel, an epidemiologist and VCU chair of internal medicine, was 
recently named first editor-at-large of the New England Journal of Medicine. He is 
one of the few practicing physicians who have observed the nearly extinct disease 
of smallpox, dunng his training in Bangladesh. Speaking about the threat of 
smallpox spread by terrorists, he cited a 1903 study of an epidemic in Liverpool. 
"Even those over age 50 who had had one smallpox vaccination 50 years before 
had a 5 percent mortality whereas the same age group without childhood smallpox 
vaccination 50 years earlier had a 50 percent mortality. Thus, remote vaccination 
was remarkably protective." He also said there might be drugs to prevent small- 
pox. Animal studies have shown the drug cidofovir preventing some types of pox. 

Dr. Denise Pettit '85BS/H&S '94PhD/M, VCU adjunct professor of microbiol- 
ogy and immunology and special projects lead scientist at the Virginia Division of 
Consolidated Laboraton/ Services. Pettit has a grant from the Centers for Disease 
Control and Prevention, aimed at countenng the effects of anthrax and four other 
biological agents that terrorists could employ to spread such diseases as botulism, 
plague, brucelleosis and tularemia. 

Pettit showed slides of outlined the public health Laboratory Response 
Network, which would analyze suspicious substances like the anthrax found in 
Washington, D.C. The three people in Virginia survived, she explained, because 
Virginia labs are at Level 3, with the most experience and sophisticated equipment. 
Within six hours, scientists collaborating from several labs in the state had identi- 
fied the live anthrax. 

VCU entomologist Dr. Karen Kester discussed detecting biohazards in the envi- 
ronment. Her current research focuses on using insects as environmental sensors. 
Current detection methods, like microscopy staining and microbiological culturing, 
genetic analyses based on DNA replication "require a large lab; they are expensive 
and not fast enough." She is working on a project to develop a field-based rapid 
antibody detection kit. 

Later, discussing the West Nile virus, the scientists emphasized that the point 
of terrorism isn't the actual effect. "Ten deaths. And it scared the hell out of us," 
Wenzel said. "Yet each year, hundreds die of the flu." Pettit argued, "The point of 
bioterrorism is to leverage a small amount of pain into a large amount of distress. 
Kill 10, scare 10,000. To suspend crop spraying because of anthrax could have 
devastating consequences to agriculture." 

"So, what do we do now?" asked a student. "Talk about it. Don't hide it," said 
Wenzel. "It's the network of communities that holds you together." Pettit recom- 
mended, "Don't watch too much TV." 

nication between governments, 

businesses and consumers as they 

explore the ways consumption 

patterns affect environmental, 

economic and social goals of the 

global community. Helms is a 

former creative director at The 

Martin Agency in Richmond and 

for agencies in Oregon and 

Amsterdam, where his work on 

Nike, Coke, Microsoft and 

Timberland garnered dozens of 

national and international awards. 

Helm teaches art direction/layout 

and portfolio development at VCU's Adcenter. 




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Knock Your Eye Out. VCU fashion students can learn their Asian flair and Saville Row tailoring first- 
hand. In July for Hong Kong's FashionWeek, the VCU group got an eyeful of color and design, taking 
in major fashion shows and designers' competitions, and visiting the Jade and Night Markets. 
Definitely a shopper's delight, and trips are open to the public. In summer, 2001, women from 20 to 60- 
something (several mother-daughter teams) bonded as they haggled with street vendors for group 
discounts or shuddered at snake-on-a-stick. 

Next up, spring break in London, March 9-16: Carnaby Street, from funk to impeccable Saville 
Row; and wonderful historical costumes atthe Bath Museum. 
Hong Kong again in July. Call Karen Guthrie at (804) 828-1699. 




"Pet your dog, and call me in 
the morning." 

Do animals hold special healing pow/ers 
for humans? A new VCU center in the 
School of Medicine will explore the 
health benefits of interaction with com- 
panion animals, and offer services 
including animal therapy and pet-loss 
counseling. VCU's Center for Human- 
Animal Interaction is 
the first in the U.S. 
that is not part of a 
veterinary school. 

Dr. Sandra 
Barker (really), pro- 
fessor of psychiatry, 
Center director and 
adjunct professor in 
Virginia Tech's 
Veterinary College 
Department of Small Animal Clinical 
Sciences, has published many studies 
on the therapeutic benefits of the 
human-animal bond. A 1998 study 
showed that psychiatric patients who 
spent just 30 minutes with a therapy 
dog had significantly lower anxiety 
levels. "VCU is seen as one of the 
leaders because of some of the work 
we've already completed in this area," 
she says. 

First-Class Promise 

The first "Carver Promise" class has 
graduated from high school. Ten years 
ago, VCU and three other local universi- 
ties adopted the whole third grade class 
at Richmond's Carver Elementary 
School. College students and adults 
volunteer to tutor and mentor kids from 
grades 3 through 12, encouraging them 
to stay in school, work toward gradua- 
tion, and strive for a college education. 
Ever/ four years, the current third- 
graders join the program, now serving 
270 students. 

Nearly 26 percent of Carver gradu- 
ates started college a year ago, 
compared to the usual 1 1 percent from 
an inner city school. Many of them are 
attending the mentoring colleges, which 
also help with tuition. 

Carver Promise's new executive 
director, Lisa Diane Winn, plans to 
expand funding and recruit more 
volunteers, "to get more kids ready 
for success." 



Counting Every Vote 

Election 2000 uncovered voting 
irregularities and haphazard, 
aging voting technology that 
undercounts votes in every state. 
\'irginia hired a team of VCU 
biomedical engineers to evaluate 
new voting technolog)' to ensure 
voters' rights. State Elections 
Secretary Cameron Quinn said VCU was chosen 
for its experience in "Man-Machine Interfacing" 
using surgical robots and remote medical diagnos- 
tic systems. 

Led by Department Chair, Dr. Gerald Miller, 
and associate professor Dr. Paul Wentzel, the VCU 
team evaluated voter interaction with three very 
different touch-sensitive voting systems at six 
precincts around the state in the November 2001 
election. 

They focused on human factors like "screen 
colors, print size and type, contrast, and the abiUty 
to present and understand instmcttons," Miller 
explains. When voters use a system they've never 
seen before, what might interfere with their vote? 

Although some features make voting clearer 
and easier, there were difficulties. Nearly all voters 
said thev didn't notice the instructions on the 




summary screen of the ballot. Miller says the font 
and color scheme made the directions virtually 
invisible. Other "screen-presentation issues" 
meant that some voters advanced through the 
ballot without voting for governor — in spite of 
instructions from poll workers. (The machine did 
remind them later where they hadn't voted.) 

Overall, most voters liked the new machines. 
Miller says the screen problems can be solved, and 
otlier design modifications will allow people in 
wheelchairs to use them more easily. 

In December, VCU presented results to the 
Board of Elections, which will eventually certify 
up to a dozen new systems for statewide use in 
2002. Localities aren't required to replace their 
current systeins. With machines costing $3,000- 
$4,000 apiece, and up to 30 per precinct, it will 
take federal funds to revamp the system. 





Claude Miller 



A La Mode 

It's the weekend 
when Richmond's 
Carytowii feels like 
April in Paris. French 
flags line the street, 
the French language 
buzzes in shops and 
cafes. On March 
22-24, VCU's French 
Film Fesrival marks 
its tenth anniversary. 

In ten years the 
Festival has presented 
seven world and 59 
North Ainerican pre- 
mieres — children's filins, historical dramas, social 
comedies, documentaries and shorts. Last year's 
attendance was over 13,000. It's the only universi- 
ty-sponsored festival in the world invited to and 
accredited by the Cannes film festival. Even 
French film fans have flown 
in to join Richmonders and 
meet the creme de la creme 
of French cinema. 

Twenty stars will come 
this year to discuss their 
work. "These exchanges 
with the American public 
are wonderful opportunities 
for us in the profession to get first-hand reactions 
and comments by Americans to our films," says 
director Claude Miller, who will present his new 
film, Betty Fisher et Autres Histories. 

Special 10th anniversary events include the 
U S. premiere of a new French play, as well as an 
acting workshop with its director and actors. 
( iintaa the VCU Frmdi Film Office at 827-FILM 
( i456) or www.fraiclifilm.vai.edu. Catch VCU 
fihwnakers at tlie James River Film Festival of 
indcpcfuient film and video, o campus and in 
Richmond, April 1-7. www, nnicweb.org. 

Signs for Life 

First-year medical student Nicole Kissane did not 
come to VCU empty-handed. The simplified sign 
system she developed to help autisric children and 
adult stroke victims communicate with their 
families had already received national coverage 
from NBC's Today show, the Washington Post 
and CNN. 

Kissane is excited that her 
undergraduate thesis "is not just 
going to gather dust on a shelf. 
It could radically change lives." 
A website for the new system, 
www.simplifiedsigns.org, got 
thousands of hits, and Kissane 
was swamped with emails from 
grateful families communicating 
with their children for the first 
time. She plans to be a surgeon, and "VCU was 
my first choice for medical school. I'd heard from 
surgeons that this was the place to be." 




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Charles Aulino '98BS/B works at the Federal Reserve Bank in 
Richmond. He was in lower Manhattan on September 11 for a 
workshop on interest rate lisk management. 

[As 1 sat] in class. . .looking out the window. . . I noticed that 
a lot of papers were falling from the sky. .. 
I remember thinking that it was probably a bunch of news- 
papers that had fallen off a roof. . . 

Then there was a loud sound, like a muffled aash or 
explosion, and my worid, my being, will never be the same 
again. . . we all left the building en masse for the street. 

It was baffling at first to see virtually everyone moving 
in the same direction, with panic and anguish on many 
faces. Then I heard someone say that an airplane had hit the 
World Trade Center. 

I don't know what happened inside of me, but I just 
began walking toward the trade center buildings, against the 
flow of literally thousands of people. . . within a few 
minutes, I was looking at the twin towers, each with a 
gaping hole and blackened floors and black smoke and 
flames billowing out of them . . . 

Eventually I wotmd up standing next to a building to 
shield myself from the pieces of wreckage that continued to 
rain down, and 1 stood and watched the buildings bum. 
Once I was ushered away, 1 headed down to the next block 
and cut over back toward the towers. Walking down one 
street, I bean to notice strange-looking debris all over the 
ground, and on cars, and draped across fniit in fruit stands. 
Dimly, from somewhere deep in the recesses of my mind, I 
knew these were human remains, but my brain didn't want 
to comprehend it... 

Intermingled with these mangled bits of what 1 was 
trying to tell myself were fruit were other items, flotation 
devices from aircraft, pieces of fuselage, a mangled cell 
phone, and bits of clothing and shoes. . . 

1 wound up standing next to a guy in a suit. . . We 
chatted a bit, and he informed me that a second plane had 
hit the other building and that it was a tenorist attack. . . I 
[told him I was from] Richmond, Va. He gave a dry laugh 
and said, "Welcome to New York.". . .1 shook his hand. It 
seemed like the appropriate thing to do, I guess. What is 
appropriate when the world is exploding around you? 

...A group of firefighters passed us, heading toward the 
building, and I remember looking into some of their faces 
and wanting to tell them to be careful. 

I was [looking away] when I saw Rich and another 
guy. . .apparently watching another jumper. . . 'Oh, my God, 
he landed on a firefighter." 1 saw the . . .firefighters dragging 
the two away, the jumper in a deep blue pinstriped suit and 
the firefighter who had been stmck by him. The jumper's 
body moved in impossibly pliable ways, and I watched. 



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transfixed, as they dragged them both past me. 

Eventually some security person directed us away from 
there. . . I kept looking at people, and the towers. . . Then the 
unimaginable happened. I saw the top floors of the building 
drop, almost in slow motion. 1 stood transfixed, as the 
stmcture collapsed... imploding and careening toward 
the ground. 

Then the survival center in my brain began shouting... 
to mn for my life. 1 ran down the street, my legs pumping as 
fast as they could, dimly aware of. . . the people mnning in 
tenor in front of me. . . over my left shoulder, 1 caught a 
glimpse of Armageddon coming down the street behind me, 
pieces of the building, debris, and a massive cloud of dark 
gray smoke. 1 hung a left and the pieces of building blasted 
past where I had been just milliseconds before, like a 
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Dr. Joseph Omato, chair ofER for VCU 
Health Systems and the School of Medicine, 
and his wife, VCU cardiologist Dr. Mary Ann 
Peberdy, were in Brooklyn that day for a 
conference on defibrillators led by Ornato. 
When the attacks came, the conference set 
up a first aid station at the Brooklyn Bridge 
and a triage center six blocks from the 
^ disaster 

I Ornato: I told them we had five minutes to 
; gather supplies and cell phones and deploy. 
; The fire department commandeered a city 
° bus, and there we were, heading towards 
= the fire, smoke and debris. 

" Peberdy: Everything started out gray. Within 
10 or 12 blocks of the disaster, it seemed as if we were driving through a black and white 
photograph. It was eerily quiet, and there were thousands of sheets of white paper everywhere. 

Omato: It looked like the surface of the moon. 

By 1 V. 15 a.m., Ornato 'steam of 32 had set up a 40-bed field hospital, critical care area 
and morgue. Later, 

Peberdy: We saw the windows from Building 7 waver back and forth, and it collapsed. Then 
this wave of debris came towards us. We were told to run. Once inside a nearby office building, 
Joe and I found each other, but it was tense for a few moments. 

They treated W people and helped others. An urban search and rescue team took 
over at W p.m. 

Peberdy: It was frustrating not to have more people to treat. We did treat firefighters and 
emergency people, including one particularly tenacious firefighter who went back after being 
pulled from the rubble twice. 



and my emotions crashed upon me. . . I 
wept as I walked... 

...It was suneal in Brooklyn, 
because no one here really knew what 
had just happened so close to where 
they were. People were just going 
about their business. . .talking, 
laughing, making phone calls, walking 
along the street. . . 

...Finally, I made it to (my sister) 
Fee's apartment, where 1 now sit, 
trying to comprehend what has 
happened. Watching it on TV is just 
making it more unbelievable. 

. . .1 wish 1 could wake up from this. 

Aulino's account is excerpted witli permis- 
sion from the Richmond Times- 
Dispatch, September 14, 2001, Al, 4. 



Julie Harvey '85BFA, the artist who took 
Hk photos witii tliis article, lives and 
works close to Ground Zero. TlKse are 
excerpts from her account. 



Ornato: We just prayed to God we could do some good. The real tragedy is that the towers 
came down. There should have been more survivors. 



I dove around the comer. . . and underneath a steel door that 
was just inches from closing, behind another guy and a cop. I'll 
never forget as long as I live the sight of all the cops, who had. . . 
been trying to maintain order and keep people safe, suddenly all 
mnning at top speed away from me and the carnage. 

Inside the building, the air was clogged with debris; you could 
barely see or breathe. The young squat cop immediately shifted 
from being afraid and running for his life to concern [for] the 
people now in his realm of responsibility. He asked if anyone was 
hurt and ushered us toward a tiny office toward the back. . . Two 
garage attendants gave us water at a small sink and . . .shirts to put 
over our mouths and noses. . . 

Outside, it was black as night; you can't 
imagine the depth of the darkness. . . the 
young cop. . . said that we had to evacuate 
the building, our refuge. 1 again got that 
scared feeling, as if we were in imminent 
danger of the structure collapsing. We got 
our breathing cloths into place and proceed- 
ed out into hell. The black had given way to 
a dense gray, and the air was still chokingly 
thick with debris. 

. . .While walking, people were just 
coming up to me and asking if I needed 
water, if 1 was OK. Everyone just seemed to 
be pulling together in this mutual moment 
of need. 

[Aulino walked through the tunnel to 
Brooklyn, where his sister lives.] 1 walked 
slowly toward the toll plaza, and then the 
overwhelming feelings began to flood in, 



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On September 11, 2001, 1 awoke late, 
to a world in fear and despair. 

1 fell to my knees when 1 saw the 
buUdings collapse; my hands slammed 
the floor. I knew thousands of people 
had instandy perished. And this was 
happening two blocks away from my studio; my paintings, 
photographs, equipment, years of documentation, my life. . . 
At the studio, a dusting of ash coated every single pencil, 
book, computer, light bulb, drawdng, painting, chair. I shut 
the windows and grabbed my respirator — the smell was 
becoming unbearable. It was a mixture of petroleum, 
burning paper, heavy chemicals, plastics, plaster and 
cement, each distinctiy recognizable... 

I found film at an open deli. Each banana, brownie, and 
coffee cup was covered with the gray ash. There was actually 
a guy inside buying a beer. . . 




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Later, I stood beneath my studio, taking photographs. 
Firefighters came up behind me walking toward the WTC. 
Silence filled the air as they trudged onward, only the wind 
whispered. Then Tower 5 caught fire, the red glow heating 
through the charcoal building, flames bursting into the 
air... 

1 took my photos to the New York Times. 1 was covered 
with ash and smelling of petroleum. A photo editor offered 
me a chocolate-covered strawberry and sent me to the cafe- 
teria, where 1 ate salmon and plantains while the disaster 
replayed on a television nearby. The tears slowly fell to my 
plate. . . 

From habit, 1 turned again toward the WTC. On impulse 
I scooped up a fistful of ash and eventually filled a large 
shopping bag, adding it to my duffel, already stuffed with 
essentials from my studio. A block away, the street's 
powdery ash turned into a heavy sludge from the firemen's 
hose. It saturated my feet, sandals and legs. But 1 wanted to 
see what had mined our lives. 

Thousands of cmnched panels torn from the Towers' 
aluminum fagade lay in huge piles, each panel larger than 
an 18-wheeler, but twisted like a soda can. I walked over 
them to get closer. Here 1 stood at the edge of Ground Zero, 
mesmerized and motionless. My duffel bag was weightless. I 
was numb, without hearing, traumatized by the sight. A 
firefighter asked me if I had any water. Sadly, very sadly, 1 
said no. If only my duffel bag was filled with water, or if 
only 1 could help search for people... 

I just stood at the massive smoldering pit and stared. In 
the distance, a body was removed on a stretcher, though 
there was no msh to the nearby ambulance. There was a 
calming silence, everyone contained in their own thoughts 
and disbelief. It was the most peaceful place in the city. . . 

Finally, I began the difficult journey uptown, carrying 
my 50-pound duffel bag. It was now a new world, and I 
didn't know what tomorrow would bring. 

. . .By January, they've cleaned up most of the debris, and 
there's an amazing amount of light down here now. 



Kevin Johtison '83BS/B arrived in New York City on his way 
to his Times Square office right after the two planes aashed into 
tiie towers. 

People's faces told a shocking story even before the news 
reports began to come in on the sorrowful events that 
occurred minutes earlier. Times Square was filled with 
people looking up at the large television screens. 

1 was in my office on the 20th floor when the first tower 
collapsed. 1 began to pray at my desk amidst the chaos, 
panic, chatter, and uncertainty. 1 remember several col- 
leagues, including my boss, asking me questions while I 
prayed — and I still prayed. 

Minutes later, my colleagues and 1 watched in horror 
from our window as the second tower collapsed. We saw 
this in total disbelief, yet it was happening. As smoke, brick, 
mortar, and debris filed the air, there was nothing that we 
could do but think about the massive loss of life. 

Midtown Manhattan came to a halt on that day. Traffic 
was null and void. No yellow taxis were to be found. People 
were conscious but in a state of shock. There was uncertain- 
ty in the air. 




1 believe that in the midst of these troubled times, God 
took away baseball, football, the Emmys, as a means to get 
our attention. 

Johnson is chair of the Board of Deacons at his church. His complete 
account is on his website, www.writingforthelord.com 



Ricky Waller '83BS/H&S is acting library director at the Manhattan 
campus of St. John's University, three blocks from the WTC. Waller's 
building, St. John's School of Risk Managemmt and Actuarial Science, 
was appropriated by Federal Emergency Managemmt Agency (FEMA), 
the Office of Emergency Medicine (OEM), Tfie Red Cross and other 
emergency support. Its auditorium became an inter-faith chapel for 
rescue workeis. 

On the morning of September 11, as our bus approached the 
Lincoln Tunnel shortly before 9:00 a.m., a couple of us looked 
out the window. We could see the top of the North tower in 
smoke. Walking to the subway few minutes later, I looked at the 
news meter on the Dow Jones Building for headlines: "A single 
plane had collided with the first tower"! No more infomiation, 
no mention of terrorist activities. 

All the downtown trains were still mnning. Near 14th Street, 
the subway intercom announced that aU trains were being 
diverted towards Brooklyn because of a "police action" at the 
WTC. Still no real panic on the train. 1 got out at Chambers 
Street about 9:10 a.m. and walked up to street level. 1 began to 
hear some screams and crying, and when I got to the surface I 
saw part of the second tower and a plume of smoke rising from 
it. I remember hearing someone say a second plane had hit 
and many people just standing in the middle of Broadway, 
staring in horror. 



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As I walked west, I saw more people standing and screaming 
in the intersection of Chambers and Greenwich. When I turned 
the comer 1 looked up and could see the first tower in flames. 
My first words were "Oh my God!" It was more terrible than I 
first imagined. 

It looked as if a meteor had punched a giant hole in the 
building and the upper floors were going up in flames. 1 stood in 
horror for what must have been five minutes. I just couldn't 
accept what I was seeing. 

At St. John's, the building was being evacuated, and one of 
my staff was leaving. We stopped on the sidewalk, talked briefly, 
stood and stared. It was one of the most terrible images 1 have 
ever seen in my life. I saw three people die in a matter of three or 
four minutes, either falling out of the gaping hole in the WTC 
tower or jumping from the top floors which were going up in 
flames. Jumping almost 100 stories to the ground. Even now the 
memory of those moments makes me weep and sickens me. We 
stood there helpless, could do nothing to help them. Fire and 
police crews from all over the metro area were already filling the 
streets. People screaming and crying. 

My co-worker and 1 agreed we needed to get out of there, and 
1 started walking away. 1 stopped, turned one last rime and looked 
again. A man standing there looking too was trying to reach 
someone on a cell phone. He couldn't get through. Our eyes met, 
and I know I had tears in mine. Another person jumped, and 1 
said "those people don't have a chance." But as 1 left we agreed 
that "God was still in control of things," and we extended each 
other a blessing as he continued to dial. 

Amazingly, the uptown trains were srill running and one 
was waiting at the platform. 1 got on, tears srill running on my 
face, and collapsed in a seat. We started moving uptown. It 
wasn't unril 1 got out at Port Authority and watched a TV 
monitor at a lunch counter on 41st that I saw the South tower 
collapse, about 15 minutes after 1 left Greenwich Street. I immedi- 
ately thought of the people 1 had just been talking with. If 1 had 
remained where 1 was, 1 would have been covered in smoke and 
debris. Again more tears. 

No buses, trains, cars. No way to get home. Mass confusion 
everywhere. Thousands trying to reach loved ones on cell 
phones. People wandering every- 
where in the streets in midtown. 
Finally at 1 p.m., I found a 
working phone and after repeated 
dialing reached my wife. 

Thousands stood and waited 
at the Port Authority for most of 
the day until someone came by 
around 4 p.m. and said a single 
train was leaving Penn Station for 
New Jersey. When we got there 
the train was loading, and we got 
on and got out of the city. No 
one was collecttng tickets on 
the train. 

Waller finally made it safely 
home to his wife. The thing that 
has helped me heal the most is 
my strong religious faith as a 
Christian and the continual 
sharing and processing this expe- 
rience with family, friends, 
church, support groups, folks at 
the grocery store, clerks at Home 



Depot — you name it! I now live with an attitude of grateful- 
ness that 1 am alive and will be able to support others. We 
seek to rebuild the community in Lower Manhattan. 

Ricky Waller etnailed his account on September 28, 2001 . 





Elizabeth Meggs '99BFA worked in the building directly aaoss 

from the World Trade Center, and walked 

through tiie WTC every day on her way to 

her office. She was scheduled for an evening 

shift on the day of the attacks, ami all of 

the people from her floor made it out before 

her building was destroyed by the WTC 

Soutli Tower collapse, though people from 

her company died. \ 

Outside my midtown apartment, 

hundred of sirens screamed. 1 finally 

heard from my cousin, who I knew was : | 

supposed to be right at the WTC at the 

time of the attack. When she got out of 

the subway, the first plane had just hit. 

Paper was flying everywhere. Everyone 

thought an explosion had occurred 

from inside the building. People saw 

bodies flying out of the building. 

Nobody knew what was going on. 

My cousin turned around and started 

walking away, because she couldn't stand the sight of the 

bodies. Then the second plane hit, and flames and debris 

spread everywhere. She started mnning for her life. 

It was chaos in the city initially. Hell would be a good 

way to describe it. Sirens were going all day. Subways and 

buses were shut down, streets closed. No one could come in 

or out. The phones were a mess; most circuits were busy. It 

was terrifying. 

Wednesday, the city was eerie. A horrible smell and dust 

filled the air, burning my eyes and throat in midtown. The 
streets were srill and silent, with police 
on every comer. Stores were stripped of 
essentials. Occasional blasts of sirens 
could be heard. . ..people were trying to 
find people who were missing. 

I am full of sadness, shock, and fear, 
which is what the terrorists wanted. . .For 
me work is canceled indefinitely, because 
work was desttoyed. Our company is 
scrambling to relocate. But 1 will be fine, 
because 1 was not blown up. 

It is now Friday evening, and I hear 
singing outside. Many voices singing 
America the Beautihal reach my apart- 
ment window on the 18th floor, 
punctuated by sirens, and the sound 
of jets overhead. 

Meggs' account is excerpted with permission 
pom the Richmond Times-Dispatch, 
Septanber23,2001,A8. 



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The VCU community, like every other 
community in the United States, was 
shocked by the September 1 1th 
tragedies that unfolded in front of our 
eyes. Immediately, our University 
isegan to console and counsel our 
students and faculty and to do what 
we do best — educate ourselves about 
what was happening. 

Shortly after the attacks, VCU 
President Dr. Eugene Irani sent email 
to students, parents, faculty and staff 
to let them know how the University 
was responding to and sharing the 
grief and horror. Evening classes were 
cancelled, and two town meetings 
were held for open discussions. 
Tuesday evening, counselors went into 
every residence hall, to be sure to reach 
students who hadn't been able to get 
to the fomms. The University set up a 
free phone bank so students could 
call home. 

"Our flurst priority was letting 
people express their grief, anger and 
confusion, and to do it in communi- 
ty," explained Chuck Klink, director 
of VCU's Counseling Division. At 
the group sessions, "people were very 
vocal about not rushing to judgment. 
They were strongly aware that VCU is 
a diverse community, and concerned 
about protecting groups who were 
different." 




By Tuesday evening, the Student 
Government Association had orga- 
nized a candlelight vigil in the Student 
Commons Plaza. The candles symbol- 
ized unity, sorrow for the dead, the 
injured victims and their families — 
and even the light of truth, urging the 
media to report accurately and respon- 
sibly about acts of terrorism. 

On a gray, chilly Friday, September 
14th, faculty, staff and students met 
for a University-wide memorial service 
at 1 1 a.m., again at the Commons 
Plaza. More than 1,000 people grieved 
together at this service and a later one 
on the MCV Campus. President 
Eugene Trani emphasized, "We cannot 
come apart. Diversity is one of this 
University's core strengths. Support 
one another in this tragedy." Other 
speakers echoed those ideals. 

Matt Lee, Student Government 
Association president for the MCV 
Campus, reminded listeners, 
"Everyone needs you." Rabbi Jack 
Spiro, VCU professor, said, "Healing 
will come. Become more compassion- 
ate of others. This is a time to recon- 
firm our American ideals." Provost 
Roderick Davis urged, "Let today be 
the day we begin again, the day that 
we start seeing the humanity in 
each other." 

The memorial service concluded 
with VCU's Black Awakening Choir 
leading "America the Beautiful," just as 
a fresh wind picked up in the trees. 

The University continued to 
provide services to students and faculty 
in the days, weeks, and even months 
following the tragedy. Some faculty 
discussed reactions with students in 
their classes — helped by handouts 
from the Counseling Center on 
"Coping with Fear" and "Responding 
to a Friend in Grief." VCU Alumni 
Activities emailed alumni, inviting 
their comments on our webpage. A 
campus blood drive and collection for 
the September 11 Fund gave staff and 
students a way to help. 

On Friday, September 28, VCU 
held a marathon ten-hour Teach-in. 
Twenty-five speakers — professors. 



students, and community members 
spoke about the roots of terrorism and 
the politics, religion and geography of 
tire Middle East. VCU's Muslim 
Student Association (MSA) sponsored a 
Diversity Picnic at midpoint. "At the 
forums," Clink said, "people began by 
talking of their horror and bewilder- 
ment. But then they asked a lot of 
factual questions. That's when we 
realized we should have the Teach-in." 

Attendance was sometimes as 
many as 300 people and never fewer 
than 150, mostiy students, but also 
faculty and staff. "Most people came 
open-minded and ready to learn about 
why these events took place," said soci- 
ology professor Dr. David Croteau, the 
major organizer of the day. "Several 
healthy debates took place during the 
question and answer sessions after 
every panel." 

Beyond the Teach-In, the 
Counseling Center explored "Our 
Changed World" in a lecture series. 
The MSA also sponsored an Iftaat 
dinner, the feast to break the fast each 
day during Ramadan, and lectures on 
Muslim culture. "Although MSA's 
goals haven't changed since September 
11," says MSA president, Sohaib 
Mohiuddin, "we feel a greater need 
to reach out to the community and 
teach them about our religion and 




In four days, with twelve gallons of paint second-year 
medical students Gary and Christine Bong created 
a skyway salute on their Church Hill rooftop. 

ALLEN JONES. MEDIA PRODUCTION SERVICES 



WINTER 11 2002 




"Islam is not merely a religion but a consummate 
way of life, eloquently joining the sacred and the 
profane." Scholar Shaykh Abdullah Nooruddeen 
Durkee lectured at the Muslim Student Associa- 
tion's series "Unveiling Ignorance." He wrote 
Orisons and is translating the Qu'ran. His ministry 
includes local university and prison communities. 
He and his wife, writer and editor Hajjah Noura 
Durkee, talk with MSA President Sohaib 
Mohiuddin and facult/ advisor Dr. Imad Damaj. 

beliefs to change their misconceptions 
about Islam." 

At the Teach-in, Dr. Helen Aspaas, 
VCU professor of urban studies 
answered the question "Where is 
Afghanistan?" giving basic informa- 
tion about its geography and the 
context of recent Afghani history. "The 
Afghan people have already suffered 
horribly, surviving three years of 
drought and famine." As refugees flee a 
war, "The world may be preparing to 
witness another great human tragedy," 
she warned. "An extremely cold winter 
in Afghanistan begins in October." 

Richmond attorney David Baugh 
had defended Mohamed Rashed 
Daoud al-'Owhali at a trial in New 
York, for 1998 embassy bombings in 
Africa. He explained how America 



looks to the terrorists, and how they 
got to their level of anger. They felt, he 
said, that they were retaliating for 
neglectful, punishing U.S. foreign 
policy. They believe that America is 
consumed with materialism. 

Croteau explained, " Many 
Americans are unaware of U.S. policy 
of military and financial support for 
undemoaatic regimes in oil-rich 
nations in the Middle East, especially 
Saudi Arabia." Furthermore, "in its zeal 
to oppose the Soviet Union in the 
Cold War in the 1980s, the CIA in 
Afghanistan funded and trained some 
of the very same fighters who now are 
turning their sights on the United 
States." 

VCU student and anti-war activist, 
Muna Hijazi, spoke about the chal- 
lenges of dissenting in a climate 
primed for war. The audience was 
respectful and intent. "You could hear 
a pin drop," Croteau said. "It was truly 
heart-felt." 

Like Hifazi, some of those most 
affected after the September 11th 
attacks were Muslim students. Many 
were uncertain and afraid of what 
might happen to them Mohiuddin, 
informed other students that "the cor- 
nerstone principles of Islam are toler- 
ance and peace. The Arabic word 
Tslam' means to achieve 
peace.... Those who attacked America's 
symbols of military and economic 
power on September 1 1th are the 
enemies of Islam." Mohiuddin added, 
"The shining characteristic of VCU is 
its diversity... We [the MSA] stand 
behind the VCU community against 
this injustice." 





Ronald Carl Fazio, father of Rob Fazio, 
a VCU graduate student in psychology, 
was one of the heroes of September 11. 
An accountant for AON Corp on the 
99th floor of 2 WTC, Fazio saw the first 
plane hit the other building. He was 
leaving when he realized that employ- 
ees on the other end of his floor were 
still at their desks. He yelled at them to 
get out, and held the stairway door 
open for them. He joked on the way 
down, keeping spirits up. At some 
point, Fazio, who had a heart condi- 
tion, left the stairs for the elevator. No 
one saw him again. 

"My dad was my hero before he 
went to work that day," Rob says. "The 
metaphor of him holding the door for 
others that day. . .that's what he did for 
each of us three kids. He held the door 
open for us throughout our lives, for 
our careers, our social lives, and our 
emotional well being. He was so 
involved with our Uves." 

Shakila Yasmin '99BS/B, 26, worked 
in computer operations for Marsh & 
McLennan financial services on the 
97th floor of the WTC. Her husband, 
Numl Miah, 36, was also killed that 
day in the WTC. Shakila was bom in 
Bangladesh and came to the U.S. in 
1992. She met Numl at a wedding, and 
they were married in 2000. 

Fiance of Mary Vaden, first-year 
medicine student, at the WTC. 

Brother of Binh Nguyen, a second 
year medicine student, at the 
Pentagon. 

Sister of Miguel Marcos, nursing 
student, in the WTC. 

Lt Michael Scott Lamana, brother of 
Dani Lamana, occupational therapy 
student, at the Pentagon. 

Majorie Champion Salamone, 

mother of Ann Marie Salamone, 
physical therapy student, at the 
Pentagon. 

Linda Sierra-Carey, a student in reha- 
bilitation counseling, lost nine cousins, 
aunts and uncles at the WTC; four 
confirmed dead and five missing. 

Joseph Patrick Spor was a fireman, a 
member of Rescue 3 and Ladder 38, 
who left behind his widow and four 
young children. He was the uncle of 
Tim Van Drew, a senior majoring in 
electrical en^eering and physics. 

Senior English major Amanda Cosner 
is an editorial intern for Shafer 
Court Connections. 



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A record-breaking 410 fellow alumni, family and friends celebrated some of 

VCU's brightest alumni at the Alumni Stars awards dinner on November 

16 at the Country Club of Virginia. 



Janice Meek PhD '83MS 

College ol Humanities and Sciences 

Head of NASA's cardiovascular research lab. More 
than fifty publications and presentations, from MIT to 
the German Space Agency. 2001 Rotary National 
Award for Space Achievement, "the Academy Awards 
of the space industry." In 2000, Presidential Early 
Career Award for Scientists and Engineers with 
$200,000 grant :g 

Colonel Daniel Jarboe '88PhD 

School of Medicine (Basic Health Sciences) 

Commander of Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, 
the largest medical research facility in the Department 
of Defense. Oversees research in infectious diseases, 
combat casualty medicine, operational medicine, and 
medical, chemical and biological defense. Has served 
in posts from Brazil to Bangkok. Diplomate of American 
CollegeofVeterinary Microbiology and American 
College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine. 

Rex MarshaU EUis Ed.D. '74BFA 

School of the Arts 

Vice President for the Historic Area at Colonial 
Williamsburg Foundation. Chair and Curator of the 
Division of Cultural History at the Smithsonian Museum 
of American HistorY,1998-2001. He has written two 
books and lectured on African-American history and 
story-teliing in the U.S., South Africa, France and New 
Zealand. 

Rodney Klima, '74DDS 

School of Dentistry 

Boards of the American Dental Association Political 
Action Committee and the Virginia Dental Association. 
Member of International College of Dentists and 
American College of Dentists, Fellow of the Virginia 
Dental Association. Walter Reed Army Medical Center 
cleft palate team for 14 years. Active fundraiser for 
School of Dentistry's Philips Institute of Oral and 
Craniofacial Molecular Biology. 

James C. Lester '62BS 

School of Business 

Certified Chartered Life Underwriter. Designated a 
Chartered Financial Consultant by American College. 
Member of Million Dollar Roundtable and Foundation. 
Founding member of the Five Million-Dollar Forum. 
Active in the National Association of Life 
Underwriters.CivIc leader and past president of the 
Richmond Estate Planning Council and VCU Alumni 
Association. 

Cynthia Grudger Garris OTR '71BS 

School of Allied Health 

Founder of the Occupational Therapy Department at 
University of Virginia Hospital. Her business, Silver Ring 
Splint Company, manufactures custom designed finger 
splints of sterling silver and gold for customers tike 
Michael Jordan, Julius Irving and a foreign prince. An 
international consultant on splint issues with three 
patents, has revolutionized splint therapy. 



Jo Lynne S. DeMary Ed.D '72MEd 

School of Education 

First woman Superintendent of Instruction for the 
Virginia Department of Education 2000. Henrico County 
Schools' Director of Special Education 1981, Assistant 
Superintendent of Instruction 1988. Past member of 
VCU Alumni Association Board, member of VCU School 
of Education Dean's Council. Distinguished Alumni 
Leadership Award 1998, National Network Leadership 
Award 1999 from Jobs for America's Graduates, 
Breaking the Glass Ceiling Award 2000 from Virginia 
Women Educators. 

Milton Ende '43MD 
Norman Ende '47MD 

School of Medicine 

In 2001, Scientific American acknowledged brothers 
Milton and Norman Ende as the first researchers to 
prove that umbilical cord blood could be clinically 
useful — 30 years before. Milton brought one of the first 
dialysis machines in the country to Petersburg, Virginia. 
Norman is professor of pathology, past chief of clinical 
pathology and past director of Tissue Typing 
Laboratory of the University of Medicine and Dentistry 
of New Jersey. Authored and co-authored nearly 100 
articles and 36 abstracts. 

Katherine M. Webb '73MSW 

School of Social Work 

President of the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare 
Association, Executive Vice President of the Virginia 
Hospital Research and Education Foundation, and 
Executive Secretary of HOSPAC. Helped develop 
Virginia's state health facilities plan, worked with legis- 
lature developing hospice programs and revising health 
planning law. Advocated and implemented children's 
health insurance program in Virginia, helped organize 
Virginia Coalition on Children's Health. 

L. Preston Hale, R.Ph. '72BS 

School of Pharmacy 

Created Compute-Rx Pharmacy System, one of the first 
computer programs for pharmacists. Later developed a 
full service long-term care pharmacy management 
system. As Senior Vice President of Institutional 
Systems for Compute-Rx (later CRX Pharmacy 
Systems), led development, marketing and support of 
its Long-Term Care and Inpatient Pharmacy Systems. 
Led sales as Senior Vice President of Marketing and 
Customer Relations. Now Mid-Atlantic Regional 
Manager of all QS/1 applications. 

Susan Morales RN, MSN, HNC, 
CHTP/I '71BS ^.^_ 

School of Nursing " ■ ;•»« -= 

Nurse and Therapeutic Touch practitioner in the 
Oncology Medical Unit of Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto 
(1980). An international consultant and educator in 
Therapeutic Touch and complementary therapies, 
taught in England, the Netherlands and the U.S. Past 
International Director for the American Holistic Nurse's 
Association, editorial board for Holistic Nursing 
Practice. Founding board member of Heating Touch 
International, founder and head of Healing Touch 
Canada, Inc. and the Canadian Healing Touch 
Foundation. 








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iieart of jazz in New Orleans, and he exer- 
cised his birtliright early. He began studying 
clarinet at eight, and earned a BM in 1984 at 
Loyola of New Orleans in clarinet and saxo- 
phone. In 1983, making good use of the 
city's natural resources, he asked to study 
with jazz pianist and master mentor Ellis 
Marsalis. Within the year, Marsalis invited 
Goines to play sax in his quartet. Victor was 
on his way. 

When Marsalis came to VCU, where he 
was artist-in-residence for 1987-89, Goines 
followed. "Ellis," he explains, "is so much to 
me. He's a mentor, a colleague, great friend. 
His spirit, his wisdom are remarkable. Ellis 
taught how to be an individual, to believe in 
what you do." 

From Richmond, Victor went on to New 
York to immerse himself even further into jazz culture — 
the smoky reveries, the brilliant mns and jagged riffs, the 
musicians' dialog born of African call and response. His 
versatility and strong playing of clarinet and alto, 
tenor, and soprano saxophone have earned him 
credits on the albums of many jazz greats. He's 
performed with Lionel Hampton, Wynton 
Marsalis, Ruth Brown, Aaron Neville and others, 
managing a successful solo recording career as well. 
But you don't study seriously with Ellis 
Marsalis without absorbing the value of nurturing 
the tradition. "I've been teaching music for 17 
years," Goines says. "1 like to keep active in the 
W-'/'/ educational scene. It's a good place to recruit new, 
' ' young musicians." Goines learned not only music, but 





teaching from a master. When 
Julliard, the country's premier 
music conservatory, was 
looking for someone to set up 
their first Jazz Studies program, 
Goines was their choice. 

He spent a year studying 
other jazz programs around 
the country, collaborating 
with Jazz at Lincoln Center, 
and working closely with 
administrative partner Laurie 
Carter to plan a challenging, 
comprehensive and engaging 
program. Jazz students at 
Juilliard will study jazz history, 
composition and improvisa- 
tion. All instrumentalists must 
demonstrate strong piano 
skills. The students form a Big 
Band, which is also divided 
into two smaller pertomiing 
groups. 

Goines continues as a 
working artist, playing with 
the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestta, and touring nationally 
and internationally with the Wynton Marsalis Septet. "1 
love playing with those guys. We have a special relation- 
ship, like family all the time. We have a high respect for 
each other, always look out for each other. It helps, when 
we're away from home so much." 

One of the family now, Victor continues to perform and 
spend time with Ellis Marsalis, who has taught him, among 
so many things, the importance of listening. "Ellis told me 
always strive for more knowledge, listen to what people 
have to say, and then decide for yourself." Goines has 
learned the wisdom of remaining a student, even while 
becoming a teacher, 

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SHAFER COURT 14 CONNECTIONS 



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Pamela Armstrong '91BM sings for her supper: will travel. 
Based in Houston, Armstrong has sung the role of Pamina 
in Mozart's Tlw Magic Flute in Avignon, France. She has 
appeared in his Marriage of Figaro at the Hamburg Staatsoper 
and with the Vienna State Opera in Beijing. She has per- 
formed with Stadtheatres in Germany, the New York City 
Opera, Paris Opera-Bastille, Italy's Teatro di Torino, and 
even at home with Houston Grand Opera. Her job changes 
every month to six weeks. On December 20, she debuted at 
the Metropolitan Opera in New York — at a week's notice — 
as Mimi in La Boheme. Audience response was as warm as 
her singing. 

When she sang the role of La Contessa in 77/e Marriage 
of Figaro with the Los Angeles Opera, she wowed the 



symposium on American composer Samuel Barber. "My 
work has taken me all over the world. I've been able to 
perform with so many talented musicians." 

With Day, and with all of her instructors at VCU, "I 
learned the lesson of the gift of music — it's most important 
to open yourself to give your whole heart to the audience. 
You want them to see into you, through your singing." 
Clearly, she succeeds. As Fred Goss, writing for the 
Advocate.com, put it, "You can keep the Queen of the Night 
[the virtuoso high soprano role in The Magic Flute], ... I'll 
take the Countess any day. And 
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"Amistrong's sensual Countess was as vulnerable to the joys 
of rediscovering her slumbering sexual appetite as to the 
sorrows inflicted by her philandering husband." Elaborating 
further, Chris Pasles of the LA. Times said, Armstrong "had 
no problem projecting her luscious, creamy voice. So 
focused was it that both of her arias — especially the soft 
reprise in 'Dove sono' — reached the ear with ravishing 
effect. On top of that, Armstrong offered a detailed charac- 
terization. The pain at her husband's philandering, revealed 
so publicly at the end of the third act, registered with per- 
suasive impact." 

Armstrong's musical career began at five, with piano. 
She came to VCU as a piano major, but damaged the 
tendons in her arm and could no longer play. She segued 
into voice studies by acting as a guinea pig for students in 
pedagogy. Upon hearing a rich soprano roll out of her, the 
student voice "teacher" rushed her to Dr. Eichhom's studio. 
(Tmmpet fanfare on the soundtrack by David Russell.) 
Eichhom told Armstrong she should study voice, and so 
began her new career. 

With Melanie Day as her vocal coach, Armstrong made 
her debut in opera. She had hoped to work as a concert 
singer, but being a recitalist was less in vogue. Opera roles 
(and meals) would come along more steadily. And did they. 
Concert work, too. Her gorgeous, buttery voice, singing in 
English, French, Italian, German, has echoed through 
concert haUs across Europe. She was on campus last spring 
singing with the Richmond Symphony at the international 



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How to combine art with business? Musicians who make 
their life their living continually face ttiis question. As music 
director and conductor of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, 
Karen Deal '83MM confronts this issue on behalf of an 
entire orchestta of musicians. The conductor chooses 
programs and guest soloists, as well as tackling the knots 
and intricacies of interpreting this music with these musi- 
cians. Deal also oversees the symphony's education and 
outieach to develop new audiences and young musicians. 
At the same time, she must maintain the steady beat of 
financial survival. 

And Deal loves it. To do her job well, she has to be a 
consummate musician and a musical missionary. Her work 
reverberates not just with the sound of music, but music 
history, business — even psychology. 

Deal makes programming decisions based on what the 
public seems to want to hear — generally masterworks — and 
on what the orchestra needs to play. Who can resist the 
power of a Beethoven symphony? The expansive sound of 
Aaron Copland? But she considers the orchestia's develop- 
ment as well. "Have we played this piece before? How long 
ago? How would it benefit the orchestia to play it now?" 
Deal balances "great works" with a few lesser-known pieces, 
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WINTER 15 2002 





The Symphony's 
final Mastenvorks 
concert this year 
includes Brahms' 
Phmo Concerto No. 1 
and Dvorak's 
Swjphony No. 7, both 
solid classical hits. 
Deal commissioned 
the opener, Fanfare to 
Friendship, from 
Harold Dale James 
Robinson II. She first 
met Robinson, a 21- 
year-old African American composer, as associate conductor 
of the Nashville Symphony, where her creative sense of 
community led her to establish "Let Freedom Ring," a yearly 
musical tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. 

— ^ Deal began with the flute. In college, an 

encouraging teacher pointed her towards con- 
ducting. She received her Master's in 
Conducting from VCU in 1983, one of just a 
few from the Music Department. A student gig 
was improvising accompaniment for dance 
classes. "I played flute, piccolo, dmms — 
anything I could get my hands on to make 
interesting music for the dancers. I thoroughly 
enjoyed myself," she laughs. It paid off later, when the 
Nashville Ballet hired her as music director and conductor. 

What does it mean to conduct an orchestra? To fuse the 
talents of many different musicians into one brilliant light? 
Deal says, "One of the most fascinating things about an 
orchestra, is that it is no more or less than the sum of its 
parts. The conductor, who makes no sound at all, must 
somehow guide 80 or so individuals, all trained in different 
places throughout the worid, to work together for the good 
of the whole. This defies the independent nature of a 
musician, the hours of practice time alone in a room, the 
individual voice each player has attained. To bring this vast 
pool of diversity together and create an atmosphere in 
which each person on the stage can be their very best indi- 
vidually and as an ensemble is my goal and challenge." 

Even as a student. Deal really wanted to be a conductor, 
so she formed her own orchestra, the Richmond Summer 
Symphony, pulling musicians from the Music Department 
and the Richmond Symphony. Already, she was developing 
skills in organization, administration and fundraising that 
she would later count on. 

Deal leads in many ways a double life: the paperwork, 
phone calls, and endless minutiae of the administrator, and 
the long rehearsals and late nights of the devoted musician. 
She knows, though, that both lives have the goal of cultivat- 
ing and inspiring an audience, calling forth their apprecia- 
tion for lovely, powerful and thought-provoking music. This 
kind of double-Dealing is a discovery and a delight. 

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Wild, remote, icy, and — home to a 
symphony and chamber orches- 
tra? We tend to associate life in Alaska less 
with European arts and culture than with 
survival, adventure and polar bears. But French homist 
Philip Koslow '93BM has found a home in Alaska as execu- 
tive director of the Fairbanks Symphony/ Arctic Chamber 
Orchestra. 

Koslow studied at VCU under Ted Thayer, who "influ- 
enced my approach to playing French horn more than any 
teacher since and epitomized the professional musician that 
I wanted to become." Koslow never imagined a career in arts 
administration, but focused on performance. "Playing in the 
Richmond Symphony for 21 seasons was very gratifying. 
But the most fun was pursuing studies in Vienna and per- 
forming in Austria as a homist during the summers of the 
mid-seventies." 

With a solid performance career behind him, Koslow 
has met his early goals, and he's a fascinated explorer in his 
new terrain. Is it surprising that a player drawn to the noble, 
often triumphant but sometimes lonely sound of the French 
horn would also be drawn to a new musical vocation in the 
far North? 

As executive director of the Fairbanks Symphony, 
Koslow manages the company's financial and administra- 
tive resources, contracting guest artists, and fundraising. 
Like Karen Deal, Koslow has to have a kind of double vision, 
watching costs. "As an arts administrator, I'm concerned 
with anything that impacts the performance, artistic or 
otherwise." The challenges of funding the Symphony, he 
continues, "require imagination and commitment" to art's 
importance to the community. 

Also like Deal, Koslow is a musical missionary. 
Symphony outteach includes youth concerts and symposia, 
and the Chamber Orchestia tours Alaska's interior every fall. 
"Our audiences include a wide range of people from native 
to 'sourdoughs' (longtemi immigrants), to outsiders and 
other eccentrics. They are eager to have us visit and most 
concerts become a big event." 

The program can be "anything from Bach to 
Stravinsky." Last season included a Telemann flute suite, 
Bartok's Rumanian Dances, and Ravel's "Mother Goose" Suite. 



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"Occasionally we share a program with native Alaskans, but 
the basic mission is to bring the western concert experience 
to people who don't usually hear classical music, live!" 

Koslow adds that "surprisingly, many native Alaskans 
respond enthusiastically to modem music — perhaps because 
of the unusual harmonic vocabulary and the interesting 
rhythmic impulse of the 20th century music." 

Overall, "the responses here are a testament to music's 
power to transform the lives of those who hear it with open 
minds and hearts." 

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"Singing is something 1 can't live without," says Michael 
Harper '88BM gratefully. "I do it as often as possible, 
whether on the stage or walking down the street singing 
to myself." 

Although "singing has featured in my life from an eariy 
age — listening to my mother's beautiful voice and singing 
with my brother," Harper began at VCU as a pre-engineer- 
ing major. Fortunately for the would-be engineer, meticu- 
lous observation is the heart of science. "One day, my 
physics professor, noticing that 1 was not particularly 
inclined to study physics, sat me down and asked what 1 
wanted to do. I told him I wanted to be a singer — he 
encouraged me to do just that." 

, After VCU, Harper had a full scholarship and yearly 
Corbett and Dieterle Awards for his graduate study at the 
University of Cincinnati. Then he moved to London to 
study at the Mayer-Lismann Opera Centre and has lived in 

, England ever since. With ambition, tenacity and imagina- 
'^tion he has built a strong career, singing oratorio and opera 
roles in France, Italy, Spain, Greece, Shanghai and Beijing, as 
well as in the UK and the US. 




Someone who changes a 
career track from engineering to 
singing understands improvisa- 
tion. Harper's later vocal shift is 
almost more surprising. 

At VCU, he sang as a 
baritone. Clowning in the studio 
once, he startled voice teacher 
Ken Bowles by suddenly singing 
in a much higher range. But not 
until graduate school, fooling 
around again at an auditton for A 

Midsummer Night's Dream, did Harper realize he could sing 
as a countertenor, and knew, that's it. 

Countertenor is the highest adult male singing voice, 
usually sung in falsetto, the tone resonating from the head 
rather than the chest. The sound was very popular in 18th- 
century baroque operas and oratorios by Handel and others, 
in roles sung then by the castrati, men castrated before 
puberty to preserve their clear, boy's soprano. That sound 
had a piercing, powerful purity. In the nineteenth century 
the process was rightly abandoned because of its barbarity; 
and the richness of new operas by Mozart, Rossini and Verdi 
pushed baroque music aside. 

In the past 10 to 15 years, an enthusiastic reexamination 
of early and baroque music stimulated a resurgence of 
talented countertenors. Though it's still an unusual choice, 
contemporary composers are writing music specifically for 
this unique sound. 

Perhaps it's not surprising that Harper would choose 
such a singular career. Melanie Day, Harper's voice coach at 
VCU, comments that "Michael was very motivated, driven; 
whatever he did, it was going to he grand." Onstage or off, 
the slender, 6'2" Harper has an awesome presence. "He's 
charming," Day begins. "A southern gentleman — polished, 
elegant, sophisticated. As an undergraduate," she emphasizes, 
"he would give these elaborate Christmas parties at his Fan 
apartment for the 60-member choir he sang with." 

Harper's favorite role so far is the lead in San Giovanni 
Battista, by Stradella, which he performed in Italy. St. John 
the Baptist went ahead of Jesus; his was "the voice crying 
[or singing] in the wilderness, 'Make sttaight the way of the 
Lord.'" He was beheaded because of the lust of Herod's 
stepdaughter, Salome. "Because I had grown up black in 
the States," Harper says, "I identified with his suffering 
and persecution. And this was a role in which 1 could grow 
spiritually myself." 

Harper grew up with gospel, with ordinary people 
singing from their lives and souls. It's still a direct musical 
line to his heart. In England, he is artistic director of the 
Lodge Farm Project, which brings music and arts to the rural 
community of Norfolk, in southwestern England. All over 
the U.K., Harper teaches workshops and sings concerts in 
African-American spirituals and gospel music. Day notes 
that both gospel singing and baroque countertenor roles are 
"coloratura," involving beautiful vocal embellishment, 
often improvised. » * 

Like the passion under pressure in highly structured 
baroque music, the warmly elegant Harper sustains an 
intense relationship with music, professionally and spiritual- 
ly. As the hymn says, "Every time 1 feel the spirit, moving in 
my heart, 1 will sing." 



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What makes a thriller thrilling? The 
spooky music hovering in the back- 
ground, ratcheting up the tension of 
a scene. And what about that fast food jingle that embeds 
a particular cheeseburger in your brain? David Russell 
'90BM is well aware of music's power; he writes and 
orchestrates music for films, television and commercials — 
orchestrating your responses 
and sometimes your decisions as 
well. He has composed music for 
the feature films Wicked Spring, 
WJiite Bread, and Tlie Phantom 
Eye, and for the sci-fi television 
series Black Scorpion. His work in 
Hollywood has included compos- 
ing, orchestrating, mixing and 
music pre-production. 

Living in LA, Russell has 
learned to negotiate the vagaries 
of the freelance lifestyle. He may 
spend weeks shut up in his apart- 
ment working on a score, or go for 
weeks more, waiting for a project 
to start. He usually begins com- 
posing from the rough cut. 
Watching this visual outline, he 
can glean the emotional content 
and create music that enhances the film. 
"My strong suit is interpretation," Russell says, a skill 
he learned at VCU from his guitar teacher, John 
Patykula. "He showed me how to look for the 
heart of a piece, which 1 use now to translate the 
emotional heart of a scene into music." 

Russell majored in classical guitar perfor- 
mance at VCU; but, after seeing the assign- 
ments he wrote for their music theory 
class. Dr. Mary Jane Fitzpatrick and Dr. 
Sonia Vlahcevic encouraged him to 
compose. After leaving VCU, Russell 
earned a Master's from the University of 
Miami in Media Writing and Production. 

For David RusseU, the best part of composing is working 
with an orchestra, "when the music comes alive." Writing 
film music is one of the best ways to do that consistently, he 
says, and the diversity of the work appeals to him. He has 
other ideas waiting in the wings — writing a ballet for one — 
and he hopes eventually to work with an orchestra on his 
own project. Russell sums up, "Composition is like 
mountain climbing. It's arduous work to get there, but the 
rewards at the top are excellent." 





Like most languages, music must be written and read as well 
as heard. Composer Rafael Hernandez '98BM has spent 
plenty of time working on music in all its incarnations. He 
teaches Notation and Calligraphy as well as composition at 
Indiana University. His favorite job — after teaching — was as 
music copyist and proofreader for the Milken Archive in 
New York. 

He came to VCU hoping to become a guitarist, but 
"that changed when I realized 1 didn't have the drive to 
become a concert artist." When John Patykula, his guitar 
teacher, asked Hernandez to write a piece for his guitar 
ensemble, "then I realized that I had a creative outlet yet 
to be explored." He finds composition intriguing, tough, 
infinitely varied, exciting — totally absorbing. Motivation 
problems evaporated. 

In beginning composition at VCU, Hernandez learned 
from Mary Jane Fitzpatrick "to tmst my instincts," from 

Allen Blank "how to approach music practi- 
cally and understand how it 
works," and from John 
Guthmiller "to take risks 
and explore my own musi- 
cality to its limits." 

Hernandez describes his 
sound as "rich in color and 
sonority, with much atten- 
tion paid to nuance." His 
process varies. "Sometimes 
I will compose in a stream 
of consciousness, and then 
examine what 1 have 
written. Out of that, I 
extract certain elements 
and decide what to do 
next." Other times, 
working on a tight 
deadline, he will write a piece from beginning to end, 
"relying on chops to get me through." (A chop is a short, 
pre-written musical phrase that can color a composition as 
slang and idiom color conversation.) "Still, 1 prefer to have 
time to live with a piece and examine it more deeply." 

His work has been recognized early and often. Still at 
VCU, he won a BMl student composer award for Pastiche in 
1997. Man Expanding was chosen to be read by the « 

American Composers Orchestra in the 2000 Whitaker New 
Music Reading Sessions in New York City. Hernandez 
earned a Master's in Composition from the University of 
Texas, holding both Kennan and the Womack Presidential 
Scholarships. He had a composer's fellowship at 
Tanglewood in summer, 2001. He's currently teaching and 
working on his doctorate on a Chancellor's Fellowship at 
Indiana University. 

"Teaching is thrilling," another revelation. His ultimate 
career would be "to write music for various people and 
ensembles while teaching those who want to leam the aaft 
of composition." ^ * 

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©2002 all Hghts i-esewed 

When Jim Vassar '66BM, MM came to RPI in 1960, he 
dreamed of composing serious music for the accordion, an 
instrument more at home in the street or in a smoky tavern, 
dark wood walls dimly lit; a sound lively, sentimental, or 
wheezy and strange. An enthusiast who thought the instru- 
ment deserved better, Vassar was ready to make it his career. 
The accordion, the Music Department corrected sternly, is 
"not a serious instrument." Vassar sat down at the piano, 
and the switch resulted in valuable classical training — and 
meeting the love of his life, Karen Sinclair Vassar '63BFA. 

Vassar was finishing his Ph.D. in musicology at the 
Cincinnati Conservatory of Music when they moved to 
Washington, where he found the perfect day job in the 
music section of the U.S. Copyright Office at the Library 
of Congress. 

For 29 years, Vassar dealt with the legal issues of musical 
works, performances and recordings, and for perfomiing 
arts as well. The copyright office registers claims to copy- 
right, creates and maintains a public record, and provides 
iriformation services to the public — ^both domestic and 
international. The music section eventually expanded to 

include other performing 
arts — motion pictures, 
dance and theatie. From 
1992-2001, Vassar 
directed a staff of 50 at 
the Performing Arts 
Division, until he moved 
to the Literary Division in 
January 2001. 

Sounds essential to 
artists, and it is. The LC 
office protects the work of 
a new modem dance 
choreographer. It main- 
tains current records on 
the myriad perfomiances 
and recordings of Isaac 
Stem. And it handles 
thousands of copyright 
claims and inquiries that 
come by phone, fax, mail 
or email every week. "I 
like the creative aspect, and I like dealing with people and 
helping them realize their potential," he says. Every day, "I 
deal with all kinds of personnel matters, and substantive 
issues. I write new practices to deal with new trends or 
developments in the industry that affect the registration of 
copyright claims. And I read many emails every day!" 

Throughout his career, Vassar has used the values he 
developed in music — "to be passionate about what one 
does, to strive for perfection." And, he says, "musicians 
know how important it is to mix wit and fun with 
jserious work." 

Vassar has kept his personal connection to music. "On 
piano, I most enjoy playing Mozart, Hadyn, and Schubert 
and various kinds of jazz." Vassar has taught piano for 25 
years. His five-year-old daughter eavesdropped on the piano 
lessons until he gave in and taught her, too. His son plays 




several instmments. "I have occasionally played in my son's 
folk-rock band. Endgame (now disbanded) which was, as 
they say, 'cool.'" 

What of Vassar's old love, the accordion? (And, yes, he 
did come to it through his father's admiration for Lawrence 
Welk's accordionist, Myron Floren.) At a recent office party, 
Irish tunes on accordion and flute surged through the room. 
"Oh yes," Vassar says, "I still play." Could there be 
any question? 



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Rickey Wright '87BS/MC knew early on that 
he was a fan, not a player. "When I was three, I 
puUed my grandfather over to the stereo, saying 'That's 
Ringo.' I grew up with the classics — the Beaties, the Stones, 
MUes Davis." Ultimately, his first passion struck a chord 
with a second, words. He has reviewed for USA Today and 
alternatives from DC to Miami and Seattie. 

At VCU, he took a class from rocker and once 
Schoenberg student Dika Newlin on the history of pop 
music, gleefuUy matching her, opinion for opinion. On the 
joumalism faculty. Jack Hunter "supported my ambition to 
do feature writing. What he taught me still feeds everything 
I do." 

Rock caught his attention first, but he writes about 
country, Brazilian, jazz. "\ listen to the music for different 
stories, different points of view, and then follow that up in 
the writing." For two years he was Latin and Pop Editor for 
Amazon.com. "It was satisfying watching sales of particular 
albums go up because of my reviews." He's still 
reviewing for Amazon, Blender (national 
circulation), and ROCKRGRL and 
other Seattle papers. He's writing 
liner notes for a compilation CD 
for a women's self-defense group. 
Home Alive, founded after the 
rape and murder of a female 
singer in a Seattle punk band. 

It's a good thing those reviews 
are in print. "One of the frustrat- 
ing things about the business now 
is that there are so few outiets. 
Radio play is so limited, there's 
nowhere to hear new bands, dif- 
ferent voices. That's why I 
thought Napster was a great thing. 
It worked mainly as advertising, I 
thought. Record labels quashed it 

because they are more concemed about protecting the ^ , 
overall business than protecting artists." 

So, read up on Rickey's picks. "Bob Dylan's latest, Love 
and Tlieft, is incredibly fresh and rooted in the past. It's both 
serious and funny in a way only 
Dylan could do." He suggests that "a 
way in" to Latin music is Brazilian 
Vinicius Cantuaria — "gorgeous jazzy 
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rhythms." Also Tito Puentes' last two albums, Mambo 
Birdland and a duet album with Eddy Palmieri. "It's inspir- 
ing to me that he was still working so well in his seventies." 
The Afro-Cubans Los Cubanos Postizos with guitarist Marc 
Ribot play "some of the best things 1 ever heard in my life." 

Among ROCKRGRLs, Wright likes Ivy, a rock/jazz band 
with a French accent, Parisian singer Dominique Girand. 
"Amy Correia's Carnival Love should please anyone from 
fans of Tom Waits to Joni Mitchell." 

"Reviewing is great for me. I like knowing the new 
groups, really being a part of the scene." But he's still in 
touch with "my rabid, sixteen -year-old self," whose favorite 
band is the Rolling Stones, and who considers Miles Davis 
"the perfect artist." 



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Greg Giannascoli '90 MM played dmms from the age of 
four, and until he got to college he wanted to play in a 
rock band. Studying orchestral percussion at VCU, 
he found a new love: the marimba, an instrument 
derived from an African and Central American 
xylophone. "One thing 1 love about the 
marimba is that I can get quite varied sounds out 
of it: a piercing bright quality (like a xylophone); a 
woody, folksy type of sound (like a bamboo flute); 
and a haunting 'air column' sound (somewhat like 
an organ). This variety carries into the degrees of artic- 
ulation, from extremely articulate with a distinct clarity to 
each attack, to very legato, where many attacks seem to 
create a simple, sustained sound." 

Giannascoli has played as a soloist with orchestras from 
Theatro Juarez in Mexico, to the Glen Gould Studio in 
Canada. His performances have been broadcast on Canada's 
CBC and in the U.S. on NPR and PBS. Freelancing, he says, 
"keeps me current and diverse as a player." He is principal 
percussionist with L}t1c Theatre Opera Orchestra and 
records with Riverside Symphonia, for Helicon Records. His 
third CD, Recollectiom oftlie Inland Sea (percussion and 



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band. Yes, last year — yesss\ 

Giannascoli knows how to get to Carnegie Hall 
("practice, practice" goes the joke). He's had plenty of 
practice through the years winning a slew of competitions 
in the U.S. and Canada. After winning his second Artist 
International Young Artist Competition in 2001, he's 
preparing for his Carnegie Hall debut at Weill Recital Hall 
on June 22, 5:30 p.m. His program will include Fissinger's 
Suite for Marimba, Abe's Variations of Japanese Children's 
Songs, and works by Hodkinson, Ichiyanagi, Bach and 
Hovhaness. 

Hearing yet a different dmmmer, he takes time from 
performance to coach a high school marching band in New 
Jersey. He earned his Doctor of Music from Rutgers in 
December, and hopes to teach in a coUege program. His 
private students already dot top conservatories from Julliard 
to Peabody. 

As for VCU, "I can't say enough good things about the 
place to the Master Classes 1 teach. Donald Bick, my percus- 
sion teacher, would tell me, 'make the music your own, 
show your passion in perfomiance.'" Giannascoli continues 
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Mary Ellen Mercer is the editor of Shafer Court Connections. 



SH,\FER COURT 20 CONNECTIONS 




Richmond is coming back downtown, 
and VCU is leading the way. 

More and more, people are 
responding to the pull of city excite- 
ment — and the attractions of short or 
no commutes. New energy is spilling 
into the mix of historic ambiance and 
ethnic diversity. Old Richmond neigh- 
borhoods like Jackson Ward, Church 
Hill and Oregon Hill are reclaimed 
house by house, becoming home 
beside home. East End tobacco ware- 
houses become luxury loft apartments. 
Derelict buildings in Shockoe Bottom 
spruce up to house new artists' studio- 
lofts, while Latin restaurants and new 
shops get in on the ground floor. 

VCU spirit has long been essential 
to downtown Richmond. A burst of 
campus building has resurrected 
several blocks of Broad Street, and the 
Engineering School complex is by now 
a Main Street landmark. Richmonders 
already know the Life Sciences 
Building, just open for class this fall at 
Cary and Harrison Streets. 

In this dynamic atmosphere, a 
commuter school is returning to its 
roots. Diane Stout-Brown '80BSW, 
a member of the alumni staff, com- 
ments, "When 1 was in class, a person 
who lived on campus was the excep- 
tion. Now it's the other way around." 
Older alumni remember earlier times, 
when most students lived in RPl's 
historic houses on Shafer, Franklin 
and Park Streets. 

As the student body grows, many 
students are moving back, to be where 
the people are, where the action is, to 
be part of campus life. VCU has 
welcomed the largest freshman class 
ever — 2,753 students — and builders are 
working overtime to make rooms. 

The new student living spaces raise 
the standard for creativity and conve- 
nience. Student apartments on Broad 
Street are revolutionizing dorm life. A 



former hospital is now home to more 
than a hundred students. Richmond 
real estate developers are getting in on 
the action, enticing student renters 
with unique housing options, from 
renovated historic apartments to con- 
verted garages and factories. 




Apartment Amenities 
and Community 

"The alumni wouldn't believe it if they 
saw it," says Associate Vice President of 
Facilities Management Brian Ohlinger, 
referring to the newest VCU arrival on 
Broad Street. 

Prominently located between the 
Siegel Center and the Fine Arts 
Building, VCU's West Broad Street 
Apartments are nothing like the 
college dorms you remember. Even 
this year's sophomores are amazed. 
More than 800 students signed up for 
the housing lottery to compete for 396 
beds in the new building. 

Open year-round, 1 100 W. Broad 
Street looks like a commercial apart- 
ment complex. There are 44 two- 
bedroom apartments and 77 four- 
bedroom apartments, all furnished. All 



Dedrooms are singles, and students pay 
individually. Utilities and parking in 
nearby lots are included. Full kitchens 
include garbage disposals, dishwashers, 
and microwaves. Rooms are wired for 
high-speed internet, cable, and phone 
service. And no more schlepping a 
mountain of dirty clothes down the 
hall or into the basement laundry. 
Every apartment has a washer and 
dryer. (From floor to washer in a few 
easy steps.) 

"Everybody else is envying us 
because it's so nice and new and we 
have our own washers and dryers," 
says Ericka McCain, a junior Mass 
Comm major, who lives here with 
three friends. Their friend Alnique 
Shaw's good lottery number got the 
group into one of the coveted new 
apartments. 

The building is co-ed, with each 
apartment single sex. Only upperclass 
students- sophomores and above — are 
eligible to live here. Building commu- 
nity in a new dorm might be harder, 
but the upperclass students brought 
friends with them, and soon made 
more. As in other campus housing, 
RAs are on hand to provide informa- 
tion, encourage community interac- 
tion, and help negotiate differences. 
So students have the amenities of 




"It's like a little family" for Alethia Watford and her 
roommates on the go, Alnique Shaw and Kristy 
Leigh, at the 1 1 00 West Broad Street Dorm. 



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super apartment living as well as 
University support. 

Ericka's roommate Kristy Leigh, a 
junior majoring in pre-Clinical 
Laboratory Science, is equally enthusi- 
astic. "This space is really homey, with 
a big front room, two bathrooms, and 
the four bedrooms. I get along reaUy 
well with my roommates. We share 
basically everything. It's like a little 
family." 

Getting to class is easier than last 
year, Ericka adds, when she lived with 
friends in Cabaniss Hall on the MCV 
Campus. "It's a little walk to campus 
from here, but it's much better than 
having to take the bus." 

Kristy sees even more advantages. 
"My freshman year I stayed off campus 
in an apartment, and it's just a whole 
bunch better living here. Off campus 
we didn't have the opportunities to do 
things like academic events or the 
programs they have in the Commons. 
We meet more people. The social life is 
better." 

She continues, "And when we see 
people from other apartments it's real 
friendly. We recognize all the people 
we stay with." Ericka agrees, "It's a nice 
little living environment." 

Hospital to Housing in Weeks 

Nearby at 701 W. Grace Street, 105 
students, mostly freshmen, benefit 
from a whirlwind renovation that con- 
verted a hospital into student housing. 



VCU purchased Capitol Medical 
Center from Paracelsus, a healthcare 
firm facing bankruptcy. The sale closed 
in mid-July, and VCU had turned three 
floors of hospital space into bed-study 
rooms before students arrived in late 
August. 

Workmen pulled out hospital 
fixtures and repaired walls. They added 
electrical outlets and — curiously — 
medicine cabinets. Cable and high- 
speed internet connections are still 
being installed, but students can 
connect to the internet using modems 
and their phone jacks. All rooms are 
singles with private baths. On each of 
the three floors, the former visitors' 
lounge has become a common area. 

Lauren Yancy, a sophomore 
Resident Assistant and Mass Comm 
major, has no qualms about living in a 
converted hospital. "To me it feels 
more like a hotel than a hospital. It has 
marble floors in the entranceway and 
carpeted hallways and the rooms are 
really nice, bigger than any other 
single rooms on campus. 

"In the beginning a lot of people 
were wondering 'did anyone die in my 
room?' I tried to be honest with them. 
But once people moved in, it wasn't an 
issue any more. People who don't live 
here are srill asking, 'Isn't that scary?' 
But when they see how nice it is, they 
say, 'I'd like to live here.' A lot of 
people are envying us." 

All the rooms are singles. As the 




RA, Lauren had an instant connection 
with everyone. By now the freshmen 
have made their own "good friend- 
ships. It's a good community, very 
respectful. Not a lot of craziness." 

Ultimately, West Grace Street will 
be a dorm for students in the Honors 
Program. The lower floors of the 
building will be office space for VCU. 
During the faU, the top two floors were 
renovated, and this spring, 65 more 
students have convenient, on-campus 
housing. 

It's a good thing. VCU plans to 
increase enrollment another 8.7 
percent by 2005, most of that from 
increased out-of-state students, an 
additional 1,979 undergraduates. 
These students add geographic diversi- 
ty to campus life, and their higher 
tuition rates support VCU academic 
programs. Further building will expand 
Gladding Residence Hall on Main 
Street, adding 1 72 new beds by fall 
2003. And there are plans for still more 
housing on campus. 

On-campus meal options are 
expanding as well. Students can take 
advantage of new, later hours at Cabell 
Library and then find pizza, Tex-Mex 
or a grilled chicken sandwich at the 
Commons' dining rooms. Phase 3 of 
Conmions renovations will include 
more dining space. On the site of the 
Old Life Sciences Building off Shafer 
Court, a central dining room replacing 
the one in Hibbs will take up the first 
floor of the new building, with Student 
Services offices consolidated on the 
second floor. VCU has come a long 
way from RPI's first cafeteria in the 
basement of Founders Hall! 

Here Goes the Neighborhood! 

Of course, oft'-campus living has been a 
popular student option for decades. In 
response to what one apartment 
manager describes as "pent-up 
demand," private real estate ventures 
near campus are proliferating. 

Opened in 1903, The Chesterfield 
at 900 W. Franklin Street originally 
offered luxury apartments to wealthy 
retirees. As the building aged, not-so- 
wealthy elderly people found it a safe 
and interesting place to live. As VCU 
grew, students and faculty were drawn 

A converted hospital at 701 West Grace Street is 
"more like a hotel" to R.A. Lauren Yancy, 



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Carriage House Apartments on Leigh Street 

to the Chesterfield's dining room for 
Inexpensive lunches (although in 
famously "little old lady portions"). 
During the '70s, '80s and '90s, students 
gradually replaced their elders. "It's a 



natural," says apartment manager 
Jim Wright, noting the Chesterfield's 
proximity to many of VCU's academic 
buildings. "It's closer than the dorms, 
really." 

Big changes here, too. Over the 
next year, extensive renovations will 
spiff up the venerable dowager — after 
all, she's competing now with the new 
campus residences. Workmen will 
revamp bathrooms and kitchens, add 
central air and heat, install washers 
and dryers. By the summer of 2002, 
developers plan to have 72 fully 
remodeled one-, two- and three- 
bedroom apartments available. 

A few blocks away, on Broad Street, 
renovations at the Coliseum Loft 
Apartments push the envelope at a 
former stationery factory. More than 
one hundred apartments offer space 
and huge windows in efficiencies to 
three-bedroom units. Amenities 
compete with VCU's West Broad and 



Hard-Wired Dorms 



Along with showers and cable outlets, VCD 
dorms are hard-wired for computers. And 
that's not just an amenity. 

We live in a digital world, and learning 
will never be the same. 

77% of Virginians use a computer, 
according to a 2001 poll conducted by the 
VCU Center for Public Policy. 

Of those using a computer, 90% have 
access to the internet. 

Only 1% of the VCU freshmen class 
has never used a computer before college. 

60% of U.S. college professors use 
email to keep in touch with students. 

More than 100 studies conducted 
around the country have shown that tech- 
nology has a "substantial effect on student 
performance." 

After school, 60% of all jobs in the 
United States require technology skills. 

VCU's Student Computer Initiative 
required all entering students — freshmen 
and transfers — ^to own computers, begin- 
ning in fall, 2001 . VCU in turn provides a CD- 
ROM "toolkit" that with some essential 
software, including Netscape 
Communicator, Adobe Acrobat Reader, 
Norton Anti-Virus, Host Explorer and telnet 
software for both Windows and 
Macintosh. The VCU Student Bulletin and 
Resource Guide are also available. 

Although there's no pre-packaged 
"VCU computer," there are some minimum 
specifications for compatibility and speed, 
and some schools and departments add 
requirements for their fields. The VCU 



network connects the residence halls and 
many common areas, the libraries, and 
aboutthirty classrooms, most of them used 
by more than one school or department. 

Freshman reaction has been positive, 
says Project Director Jim FaJohn. "By and 
large, there is a tacit recognition that just 
like textbooks are required, technology has 
become necessary." Students must be 
tech-sawy to succeed in the job market 
after graduation. 

Sophomore Lauren Yancy certainly 
agrees. "I think the computer initiative is a 
good move, seeing how computers are 
such a part of really any field nowadays. 
It's a big part of getting an education now, 
knowing how to use technology to your 
advantage." 

FaJohn believes that students benefit 
from increased "flexibility in both study and 
social interaction." A student "can sit in a 
dorm room at 2:00 am and do research on- 
line," when in the past the computer labs 
might have been closed or overcrowded. 

Students can email teachers and 
friends, and participate in on-line class- 
room communities. They can download 
syllabi, class assignments, notes, and 
reading lists. 

What about those who can't afford a 
computer? Eligible students can roll their 
computer costs into their financial aid 
package. The point of the Student 
Computer Initiative, says FaJohn, is "to 
create a level playing field for all students." 




Garage 



Grace Street 
housing: cable tv, 
internet, laundry 
and parking. The 
rainbow-colored 
bottom floor is 
zoned commer- 
cial/residential. 

At Broad and 
Ryland Streets, across from the Siegel 
Center, developers have transformed 
The Capital Garage — inside. Under the 
landmark arched facade, the sun glints 
off new windows for 35 new apart- 
ments catering to VCU students. All 
offer a large open living space, and 4 
bedrooms, each with private bath. The 
ground floor is parking still for resi- 
dents, with more spaces reserved in the 

j Community Pride grocery lot. 

' New housing spreads beyond 
Broad Street into the Carver and 

j Jackson Ward neighborhoods. The 

! same developers offer new townhous- 
es, the Carriage House Apartments, 
nearby on Marshall Street. The Fan 
remains a student favorite, but it's no 
longer the only option for students 
who want to live near campus. 

In spite of these private options, 
competition for on-campus housing 
remains intense. Campus life is vibrant 
than ever. Resident Education support 
offers more to do, security, and a 
ready-made community. VCU resi- 
dence hall life is just irresistible. 

Joriel Foltz is a freelance writer living 
in Richmond. 



WINTER 23 2002 




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"A big part of my education was living in the dormitory for 
four years," says Elizabeth Schmidt '48BFA '75BFA 
'83MA/A. "It was an education in and of itself. How to get 
along with people and cope with situations." 

On the other hand, "you just wouldn't believe the 
amount of foolishness," says Schmidt laughing. The girls (as 
they were called then) at Meredith House, 818-820 Park 
Avenue, got their fun where they found it — watching each 
other dress for dates, with mnning commentary, or choco- 
late cravings that took them out into the night. 

"We'd get ready for bed, and then we would decide we 
wanted to go down to Chelf's Drugstore on the comer of 
Grace and Shafer," recalls Schmidt. "This was a custom. We 
would roll up our pajama legs under our raincoats — they 
kept falling down, which we made us laugh harder — walk 
down together, and bring back a chocolate nut sundae." 

Schmidt also remembers fondly her mother away from 
mother, Mrs. Rutherfoord, her housemother. While the 
men had upperclassmen as domi managers, the care of the 
co-eds was put in the hands of an older woman, a "hostess," 
(later called a housemother). "1 had housemothers that were 
just the loveliest ladies in the world. "They were more or less 
our chaperones, but more than that. Mrs. Rutherfoord had 
some of her family silver there with her. If a girl was sick, 
Mrs. Rutherfoord would bring up a tray of food on that 
silver." Clearly students learned not only a veneer of social 
graces, but true consideration. 

Housemothers took care of the house, the girls and their 
social activities. Not only did they supervise social activities, 
they arranged a social life for their charges. "It was a funny 
time," says Schmidt of her first VCU education. "It was right 
after World War II, and there were all these guys roaming 
around from all over the country. The school took us in 
groups to USO dances and oh my gosh, we never wanted for 
dates at all." 

Housemother Mrs. Virgie A. Chalkley {below) presided 
over Founders HaU from 1926-52. She was formidable, and 
legendary. (So legendary in fact that Mr. Chalkley faded 
from memory, although there was one.) Mrs. Chalkley was 
in effect a dean of students — all women during much of her 
tenure. She hosted dances, teas and weekly open houses 

that taught the 
girls to become 
gracious host- 
esses, friends and 
escorts. 

RPl founder 
and president 
Henry Hibbs tells 
in his memoirs 
of a time when 
younger co-eds 
were bothered by 
"prowlers and 
peepers." Mrs. 





Chalkley took steps. A chain link fence was built around the 
side and rear of Founders — the only dorm at that point. 
Peepers persisted. Edgar Allen Foe, that native Richmonder, 
could have inspired the next effort. A circular iron fan-like 

device, with sharp- ; 

ened spikes was 
put in back of the 
building, but still 
the peepers were 
undeterred. 

Finally one 
night a policeman 
pointed out to Mrs. 
Chalkley that none 
of the window 
shades were down. 
"I have been 
neglecting an 
important item in 
the education of 

girls attending a ' 

midcity, urban college like ours," she admitted, immediately 
rectifying the lapse and ending the problem. 

In today's residence halls, students are basically respon- 
sible for policing themselves. They are required to be in the 
dorms at midnight on school nights and by 1:45 a.m. on 
weekends, and they even have the option of voting for 
twenty-four hour weekend visitation. 

When housemothers ruled, it was quite a different story. 
Co-eds had to sign out and back in on a Social Register. 
They had a school night curfew of 1 1 p.m. for undergradu- 
ates and 11:30 p.m. for graduate students. On the weekend, 
girls were allowed to stay out until 11:30 p.m., and only 
with special permission could they visit town. For late 
couples who faced the redoubtable Mrs. Chalkley, no doubt 
merely being grounded (no dates, in the dorm or in town) 
was a relief. 

"I don't remember any violations," says Paul Salmon 
'61BFA. "We were too afraid to violate any rules. We were 
too afraid of getting kicked out. My parents were putting me 
through college, and it was hard for them to do that. It 
would have been a disaster for me to get kicked out." 

When Salmon and his dormmates at 712 West Franklin 
could afford time away from studying, they would go for a 
beer at the Eton (Etawn) Inn on Grace Street, "a tiny little 
joint" or take in a 35 cent movie at the Lee Theater next 
door. (In those days the Lee showed foreign films; later it 
went to x-rated movies, becoming the Lee "Art" Theater. 
And now it is VCU's Grace Street Theatre, designed for 
dance performance.) But the center of his social life was 
elsewhere. "After the evening meals we would go and sit 
on the wall in Shafer Court. We didn't have a bookstore 
with a snack bar and tables, but we had the long wall on 
Shafer Street. That was our social place." 

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SHAFER. COURT 26 CONNECTIONS 



fresh out of the army and attending RPI on the GI Bill. 
"They put all the veterans on the fourth floor of 712," 
recalls DuPriest. "It was a little aibby hole and we had our 
own world up there, because we were more worldly than 
the other incoming freshmen. We all had a certain cama- 
raderie because we had all been in the military. We lived 
together and knowingly looked dovm our noses at the green 
freshmen who were away from home for the first time." 

The cafeteria in Founders was another gathering place 
for DuPriest and his friends. The entire student body shared 
one cafeteria and ate three meals a day together — an 
arrangement that made it easy to meet people. 

A 1948 Postscript article reported that in the early days 
of Founders Hall, the cafeteria served a mere twelve students 
a day (not even a baker's dozen) and required only three 
frying pans and five pounds of potatoes to function. 
"Things were sure nice in those days," said Rena Johnson, 
who was much more than the cook at Founders for 22 
years. Everyone knew her, because after serving the students 
from the kitchen, she'd socialize with them in the dining 
room. "Only a few students dined here and we were just like 
one big happy family," she told The Proscript. 

Some students made that happy expression literal. 
DuPriest met his future wife Joan at the cafeteria where she 
was a cashier. After that, he spent less time sitting in the 
cafeteria and more rime sitring in the parlor. "1 was in Ritter- 
Hickok every night after Joan and 1 started going together. 
We visited in the parior, but nothing beyond that ever. 
Unless you were helping someone move in or move out, 
you never saw the inner sanctum." 

Things changed, of course. "1 can tell you all about 
sneaking in," says Tom Lawrence '65BS/B, adding 
thoughtfully, "we were always grateful Ritter-Hickock had a 
fire escape." Later, "in 1966-67, when I was a graduate 
student," he continues, "they instituted alternate floors for 
men and women. That was radical. 1 came out of Catholic 
high school, and I was so naive — 1 saw a picture of myself, 
and 1 looked like I was 3 years old." 

Even then, boys spent quite a bit of time and energy 
trying to reach that inner sanctum. When Rumae Foddrell 
'82BS/B was a RA in Johnson Hall, she encountered some 
clever takes on visitation policies. "The giris would borrow a 
visitation pass from a guy on another floor and drop it 
down to their male counterpart," says Foddrell. "They 
would tie something to it so it would go right into his hand 
and not float into ttaffic, so he didn't get mn over trying to 
get it. Then the guys would sign in like they were going to a 
boy's room and come to the girls floor." 

During her two years as an RA at Rhoads, Sabrina 
Squire '76BS/H&S polished her life skills. "As a junior 
transfer student with a lot of seniors on my hall, 1 was a 
little afraid to lay down the law," she recalls. "1 really had to 
summon the courage to let my leadership come out. 1 tried 
not to force but really to inspire people to try to get along 
with each other. It was kind of a democratic rule on our 
floor and rather liberal. You could basically do your own 
thing, but if your neighbors complained, we had a floor 
meeting. The floor decided "okay this has to change" and 
suggested how." 

On the practical side, like many college students, she 
learned "how to manage my own affairs, how to budget my 
funds." It was good preparation for being an independent 



Jxnoads (bcnolars 

Sabrina Squire '76BS/H&S, an anchor with NBC12 News in Richmond, 
was a Resident Assistant in Rhoads Hall during her junior and senior years. 
Today her daughter Monique Williams is a sophomore living in Rhoads. In 
separate interviews, the two women revealed much of what has changed 
on campus. . . and what has stayed the same. 

Sabrina: Home was Richmond, ■ 
but I just wanted to fully 
immerse myself in the college 
experience. I don't think I 
could have had that if I were 
commuting back and forth. I 
met a lot of close friends who 
remain friends to this day. 

Monique: Living in a dorm 
definitely makes a differ- 
ence. You always have the 
latest information about 
what's going on, and you 
get to know a lot more 
people. If you need some- 
thing, you can just go 
across the hall. 

Sabrina: I was a psychol- 
ogy major and I was going 
to be a therapist and 
counselor. ItwasatVCU 
on my floor that I met a 
woman who was 
majoring in journalism. 
She was an inspiration 
for me to follow my first love, reading and writing. 

Monique: My major right now is undecided, but I'm interested in public 
relations. It just seems like something I could do, because I like to talk and 
be the mediator in between things. 

Sabrina:Overall, my years at VCU were a really enlightening time for me. 
I've been here in Richmond since, seeing how much the school has 
expanded, how it's grown, and how its reputation has grown as well. 

Monique: I knew my mom had a good experience at VCU, but that really 
wasn't why I chose to transfer here. I wanted to be closer to home. I guess 
you kind of get a feel for where you want to be. 

My room is home now. I decorated with kind of a zebra black and white 
thing, with a splash of red every now and then. If it was clean you could get 
the full effect that I was going for! 

Sabrina: When I was in Rhoads, guys were only allowed to visit during 
certain hours. 

Monique: It's co-ed by floor, so it's not like I have a guy living across the 
hall from me. I think living in a co-ed dorm helps put things into a real world 
perspective. 

Sabrina: I encourage my daughter to get involved in activities, see 
programs and events from drama to football games, just experience what 
the university has to offer. Take lots of different classes even if they're not 
directly related to your major. 

Monique: In high school I used to think, "Oh, Richmond's so boring!" Now 
that I'm here, I try to do as many things as possible. 

Sabrina: Just being on campus and participating in a lot different activities 
was so great. I want my daughter to have that sense of involvement in the 
University. 




NTER 27 2002 




woman" — which 
she certainly is, as a 
news anchor on 
Richmond's NBC-12 
and a community 
leader and mother 
(see sidebar). 

When demand 
exceeds supply in 
on-campus housing, 
one answer is still 
University housing a 
shuttle bus away 
from campus. 
Students still 
commute from the 
Treehouse 
Apartments in 
Northern Henrico 
County. In the early 
'80s some students 

lived in the WUliam 

Byrd Hotel on Broad Street about a mile west of campus. 
When freshman Regina Harris '82BS/B missed the bus, she 
discovered how loyal and protective dormmates can be 
toward one another. 

"I wasn't sure of the bus system yet," says Harris. "I got 
left on campus one night, and I thought it wasn't that far to 
the William Byrd, so 1 walked. By the time I got there, my 
roommate was looking for me and the security person was 
looking for me, and when I told them 1 walked — Oh boy! 
They told me to never to do that again, and then the 
security guard showed my roommate and me some maneu- 
vers to use in case we were ever attacked." 

For many students living away from home for the first 
time, VCU was their first experience of diversity, of con- 
fronting a fuller world, which is the point of the ongoing 
conversation on multiple topics from myriad viewpoints 
that is a university. Ceci Hull '89BS/MC, a Johnson Hall 
RA, explains, "You had a nice cluster of people from differ- 
ent walks of life, with different ideals. It was not a cookie- 
cutter dorm. I came from a Catholic high school in 
Northern Virginia. There was someone from Buffalo, people 
from Chester and Richmond, there were older students (in 
their late twenties), and people who had already worked." 
Sirring in class with difference is one thing, but living 
together is something else. "Some girls just hit it off and 
immediately got coordinated bedsheets — this is before 
Martha Stewart. What I'm trying to say is, Ceci, baby sister 
to five older brothers, also got her first taste of living with 
women on the 8th floor of Johnson. "I wasn't a tomboy, 
but 'girlie' things were foreign to me. Once I got into it, I 
thought 'So this is what it's like to have sisters.' Sometimes I 
was astonished at their pettiness, especially over boys. I 
knew what boys were like." 

Dorm life is a melting pot, and communal humor cooks 
up some pretty bizane stews. Missing her brothers, Hull 
spent a lot of time with the boys on '"the infamous 9th 
floor' — they seemed to have more fun." Like the ritual 
blanket toss. "Two or three boys would hold a blanket like a 
trampoline while one person ran down the hall and jumped 
into it. The others would toss him in the air. His goal was to 



knock out the ceiling tiles with his head." Ceci observes, 
"Some of them may have gone on to be movers and shakers 
in the community, but there was a time when all they were 
moving was ceiling tiles." 

Then there was the cannonball story. Some of the (who 
else?) 9th floor men found an old cannonball in the James 
River. "They rolled it through downtown Richmond all the 
way back to Johnson and took it to the 9th floor, where 
they started chipping away at it." Their peers, men and 
women, stood around watching with interest. "(I was not 
the RA then.) Finally someone came to their senses and 
called the bomb squad disposal unit, which very carefully 
took it away. And there was some live powder in it." 

Not that the dorms had any monopoly on wacky 
student behavior. Tom Lawrence remembers "my first sight 
of 11 03 Grove Avenue, my first apartment. 1 was walking 
around campus with a friend, when we saw my roommate- 
to-be hanging out of the window in his shorts. A good sign, 
we thought." 

In earlier years, universities thought of themselves as "in 
locus parentis," — in place of parents, with the responsibility 
of protecting students. Dorm living still stands for many 
students "in locus familii" — often cum loca familia. "VCU is 
not a cookie-cutter university," Ceci Hull says, and that's 
even truer, and more necessary now. To the students from 
Buffalo and Northern Virginia, add 680 from Saudi Arabia, 
Pakistan, Thailand, Slovakia, Cote d'lvoire — and Qatar. 
African-, Indian-, Asian-, Hispanic and European Americans 
live and learn together. They learn about human values and 
friendship, about practical respect and cooperation. About 
new foods, new jokes, new fun. 

What I'm trying to say," Ceci adds, "is that the experi- 
ence just opened people's eyes to the fact that there is a lot 
of diversity — and that we all can get along." At its best, it 
still does. 

Karen Gardener '80-83/A is a freelance writer in 
Richmond. 

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^1 

Meet Your Alumni Association Leaders 




BY DOUGLAS V A N N '0 1 B A/ H 8iS 

"I love taking my grandsons to RAMS 
games," says Kathleen Barrett '7 IBS 
'73MS/B, current president of the VCU 
Alumni Association. She has also taught 
in the School of Business and serves on 
the School's alumni board. Encouraged 
by the fact that VCU is now at the point 
where we can talk about multi-genera- 
tional graduates, 
Barrett's goal is to 
develop a strong Legacy 
Program that inspires 
children of alumni to 
attend VCU. 

"My family is an 
example of this," she 
muses. "One of my 
daughters graduated 
from VCU in 1991 and 
works for VCU Health 
System, and another 
daughter will begin her 
doctoral program in 
the Business School 
this year." 

The Alumni 
Association is consider- 
ing ways to help alumni 
children feel a connec- 
tion with VCU. The 
Association family 
would recognize the 
birth and milestones in 
the growth of children 
and grandchildren of 
alumni, reaching out to 
them especially in their 
teenage years with 
special events to intro- 
duce them to VCU. 
Association members 
could facilitate their 
applications for admis- 
sion, and the 
Association could 
develop a scholarship 
fund tagged for children of alumni. TTie 
Board is also thinking about activities 
that would involve alumni parents more 
in their children's student Me at VCU, 
and for special events and recognition 
of our "legacy students," during their 
studies and at graduation. 

Barrett's concern for family extends 
globally. When she's not with her grand- 
sons at a Rams game or developing a 
strong Legacy Program, Barrett is vice 
president for financial development at 
the American Red Cross in Richmond. 
"This spring, 1 had the opportunity to 
work with the South African Institute of 
Fundraising by assisting non-governmen- 





tal charitable organizations learn ways to 
raise funds internationally." 

Dan Massey '92BS/B is in the 
business of helping others achieve their 
dreams. Massey is the Internet and 
eBusiness senior strategist and vice presi- 
dent responsible for consumer lending at 
SunTrust Banks, Inc. Massey comments 
that his SunTmst projects typically 
benefit consumers through improved 
service quality, reduction of cost, 
customer retention, and strategic posi- 
tioning for future opportunities — experi- 
ence extiemely useful to VCU's Alumni 
Board. 

Since Massey measures his work by 
his service to others, it's no surprise that 
he joined the VCU Alumni Association 
right after graduating. In 1996, he 
became a part of the School of Business 
Alumni Association Board, and as its 
president in 1999-2000. Now, he's trea- 
surer for the VCU Alumni Board 

Massey completed many projects 
supporting the University and the School 
of Business. His merchandising program 
raised money for student organizations 
and promoted VCU. He has participated 
in University recruitment events, like the 
Phonathon to the Top 500 prospective 
students. He's served Commencement 
Breakfast to graduates and their proud 
families. He helped plan and establish 
the new Alumni Association web site at 
www.vcu-mcvalumni.org. 

"The more we can support our 
University," says Massey, "the more 
value our degrees hold. It's an exciting 
interaction that offers great networking, 
stimulating conversations with a won- 
derful group of people, and an opportu- 
nity to give back to the community and 
the University." 

"It was an extremely exciting period 
for the University and the Association," 
says Hugh Keogh '81MS/B, reflecting on 
his two-year term as president of the 
VCU Alumni Association, 1999-2001. 
During that time, Keogh saw enormous 
growth in VCU's stature. He cites 
resources newly sprung up — like the 
Siegel Center, the new School of 
Engineering, the Fine Arts Building, the 
expansion of the Virginia Biotech Park, 
and now the Lois E. and Eugene P. Trani 
Life Sciences Center — as tangible signs of 
that growth. 

"In my judgment, VCU is poised to 
reach a new level on two important 
fronts," says Keogh. "The first of these is 
what the University means to the Greater 
Richmond community. The second is 
tiie VCU alumni base." 



Stiong alumni support is crucial to 
the University's success. Keogh points to 
the new VCU Alumni House as an 
example of what alumni can achieve. For 
Keogh, the completion of the house 
coincides with improvements in the 
structure of the Association itself. 

"The product of years of planning, 
fundraising and construction, the House 
stands in all its splendor as a new 'front 
door' for alumni, friends and family of 
VCU. It represents the commitment, 
dedication and investment of a core of 
alumni whose affection for VCU is unbri- 
dled. If the Alumni Association is to 
reach its potential, alumni from all over 
must develop that same sense of pride 
and dedication found in those who 
made the house a reality." 

The Alumni House is much more 
than a symbol, or even a wonderful place 
for alumni to call home. Its presence 
leveraged a scholarship drive that 
captured the imagination of many 
alumni contributors, eager to help 
students as they had been helped them- 
selves. They added 114 new merit schol- 
arships for VCU undergraduates. 

The VCU Alumni Association has 
accomplished the goals it established a 
decade ago. The Robertson Alumni 
House and the new scholarships are only 
part of the picture. Our magazine, Shafer 
Court Connections has grown to a 
powerful, full-color expression of VCU 
alumni achievement and pride. There's a 
broad array of alumni service and recog- 
nition programs, Uke Founders Day Stars 
(page 13) and the Alumni Extems. When 
Kathleen Barrett headed the VCUAA 
program committee, she helped set up 
several alumni-driven student recruit- 
ment programs. 

Now, those accomplishments make a 
solid foundation for a Legacy Program 
focused on children and grandchildren 
of alumni. This program brings alumni 
closer to VCU while building on campus 
(and after) a sense of continuity, tiadi- 
tion and growth. This initiative also 
supports President Trani's plan to 
increase VCU's out-of-state students and 
broaden the University's diverse reach. 

As the Association moves to a new 
level, Hugh Keogh, a six-year Board 
member, encourages all alumni to get 
involved. "You won't be disappointed." 

Douglas Vann is a freelance writer 
and a technical writer for CoreWare, 
Incorporated, a software company in 
Glen Allen, Virginia. 



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WINTER 29 2002 




* Member of the VCU Alumni Association 

1950s 

Felix Gotschalk '54BS '56MS/H&S has published 
150 pieces of fiction, six plays and a novelette. 
He lives in Winston-Salem, NC where he was a 
psychologist for 25 years. 

1960v 

*Frank Andrews '64BS/B is vice president of 
district services at Rappahannock Electric in 
Fredericksburg, VA. He lives in Culpeper, VA. • 
Samuel Baggarly '67BS/B is a self-employed 
accountant for private practices in Front Royal, 
VA, where he lives. • *WJIIiamBrennan'69BS/B 
is president and CEO at Bank Brevard in 
Melbourne, FL He lives in Indialantic, FL. • *L 
Dans Callans Jr '66BS/B is president and trea- 
surer of Sunset Ford in Peoria, AZ. He lives in 
Paradise Valley, AZ. • H. Allen Carver 'BSBS/B is 
president of Allen Carver & Associates, Inc in 
Alpharetta,GA, where he lives. • *E. Barry 
Chewning '68BS/B is working to establish 
Mulberry Grove Vineyard in Brownsburg, VA. He 
lives in Falls Church, VA. • Anne (Locke) Drury 
'66BS/SW married William Drury on June 19, 
2001 . She is retired from the Virginia Employment 
Commission.They live in Winchester, VA. • Ann 
Fincham '60C/B is manager of fleet travel and 
relocation at UCB Inc. in Smyrna, GA. She lives in 
Marietta, GA. • Charles Fincham '66BS/B is a 
self-employed consultant in Marietta, GA. • 
Linda Foley '65BS/B is director of fund develop- 
ment for the Girl Scout Council of Northwest 
Georgia in Atlanta, where she lives. • Caroline 
Garrett's '69BFA book Sarah's Bead, a book 
about the Nativity from a packrat's point of view, 
was published by Divine Mirror Press in Fall 
2000. She IS an assistant professor of art at Lees- 
McRae College in Banner Elk, N.C., where she 
lives. Caroline has several limited edition books, 
including Invvhan and the Peachtree. Her books 
are in the collections of the Cleveland Art 
Museum, the Vatican Museum, and the Victoria 
and Albert Museum in London among others. • 
•Stuart Goldman '66BS/B is a partner-CPA at 
Betz & Goldman, LLP CPA's in Silver Spring, MD. 
He lives in Columbia, MD. • William Greenlaw 
'61BS/B IS owner of The Pantry Shelf Natural 
Foods Grocery, Inc. in Fredericksburg, VA, where 
he lives. • Edmond Hardbarger '68BS/B is a 
wine salesperson at Argen Wine Imports LTD in 
Baltimore, MD, where he lives. • Richard Hardy 
'62MS(RC)/AH is a self-employed clinical psy- 
chologist in Richmond where he lives. He has a 
new book. Woodpeckers Don't Get Headaches: 
The Psychology of Stress, Addiction and 



Last Issue? Keep it Coming, Keep VCU Growing! 

We've said before, we can't keep meeting like this. Unlike alumni divisions 
at most universities, VCU Alumni Activities sends the magazine to all alumni 
we have addresses for. With this issue, that's 68,033 of you! Printing and 
mailing costs are increasing, and our audience, happily, increases by more 
than 2,000 new graduates every year The state revenue shortfall means 
further budget cuts. 

So we must announce that with the next issue, Summer 2002, Shafer 
Court Connections becomes a benefit of supporting VCU. We will be mailing 
only to members of the VCU Alumni Association and contributors and friends. 
(Shafer Court Connections on\m will continue.) This Is an opportunity to 
increase your commitment to VCU, to support a current student generation, 
and to help increase the value of your degree. Join us and fellow alumni! 
There's news of Alumni Association projects on page 29. Use the IVIembership 
Form on page 38, or join online at www.VCU-IVlCVAIumni.org. 



Relationships — available in print and on the net 
at www. ebook-case.com. • *John Hightower 
■66BS/H&S IS president of Art Vitrum, LTD in 
Fairfax, VA, where he lives. • *Richard Howard 
'69BFA IS a registered nurse at the Veteran's 
Administrative Hospital in Salem, VA, where he 
lives. He is regionally involved in bicycling 
advocacy issues. • Diane Landes '64BS/B is 
teacher and marketing coordinator at Upper 
Marion High School in King of Prussia, PA. She 
livesin Collegeville, PA. • Lee May '69/B is a 
sales representative at Reliable Tire in Baltimore 
and lives in Davidsonville, MD. • *Arnold 
Meacham '69BS/6 is regional vice president at 
AMS Services, Inc. in Alpharetta, GA, where he 
lives • *Barbara Moore '69AS/B'71BS/E IS CEO 
of Panache Designs in Occoquan, VA. She lives 
inHaymarketVA. • *Preston Morris '69BS/B is 
president of Preston Morris & Company m 
Charlottesville, VA. • *Anne (Grimm) Newkirk 
'66BS/B IS a realtor for Long & Foster in 
Richmond, VA. She is a member of the Gold 
Team and President's Club. She also won the A. 
Kenton Niuhlemhn Award from the Richmond 
Association of Realtors. She lives in Midlothian, 
VA. • Charles PattonJr'68BS/B'70MS/B IS 
director of defense capabilities and manage- 
ment for the US General Accounting Office in 
Washington. He lives in Fairfax, VA. • Thomas 
Pleasants '68BS/B is a salesman at Century 21 
Adventure in Fredericksburg, VA, where he lives. 
• Paul Rollison '69BS/B is southeastern regional 
sales manager at Edko, Inc, in Conyers, GA, 
where he lives. * Claude Sanford Jr '69BS/B is 
proiect manager at Perot Systems AG in 
Switzerland, where he lives. • Robert Scott 
'67BS '70MS/B is an associate broker at Long & 
Foster Realtors, Inc. in Fredericksburg, VA, 
where he lives. • Howard Snook '65BS/B is an 
associate broker at Long & Foster Relations in 
Centreville, VA and lives in Manassas, VA. • 
•Robert Stephenson '60BS/H&S is a re- 
broker/investor at Remax Southern Shores in 
North Myrtle Beach, SC, where he lives. • 
Raymond Verbit 'BSBS '70MS/B is president and 
CEO of Samuel Dein Associates in Ardmore, PA. 
He lives in Wynnewood, PA. • Jean (Light) 
Willis '61BFA owns the Jean Light Willis Studio 
in St. Augustine, FL, where she lives. • Sam 
Wyman '67BS/H&S '69MS/AH(RC) is a senior 
consultant at Alan Randall Associates and lives 
In Centreville, VA. 



1970s 

*Wyman Bailey Jr '74MS/B is a partner at Jabon 
Enterprises LLC in Baltimore. He lives in Ellicott 
City, MD. • William Baugher'73BS/B is 
accounting manager at Pilgrim's Pride 
Corporation in Harrisonburg, VA and lives in 
Staunton, VA. • Donna (Lackey) Betteridge 
'74BFA martied Michael Betteridge in March, 
2001. They work at the World Bank in 
Washington and co-anchor a radio show. • 
Gregory Bielawski '76BS/B is senior program 
analyst at John J. McMullen Associates Inc. in 
Arlington, VA, where he lives. • Danny 
Blackburn '75BS/H&S is senior special investi- 
gator at Selective Insurance Company of 
America in Branchville, NJ. He lives in 
Chesterfield, VA • Patricia Browder '75BS 
'91BS/B IS CFO/controller at CARE Rehab, Inc. in 
McLean, VA. She lives in Churchton, MD. • 
*Kemper Collins '73BS/B is an agent at State 
Farm Companies Foundation in Alexandria, VA, 
where he lives. • Ronnie Cooper '73BS/B is 
comptroller at Lifecare. He lives in Montclair, VA. 
• *Quentin Corbett '12BSIB is president of 
Peoples Bank of Virginia in Richmond, where he 
lives. • James Cowling '73BS/B IS regional vice 
president of operations at Medcath. He lives in 
Georgetown, SC. • *Suan Cribbs '76BS/B is a 
computer systems analyst at the Defense Threat 
Reduction Agency in Fort Belvoir, VA. She lives 
inWoodbndge,VA. • *Jo Lynn DeMary '72MEd 
IS superintendent for public instruction at the 
Virginia Department of Education in Richmond. 
She lives in Midlothian, VA. • Suzette (Poupore) 
Denslow '79BS/H&S consults for Arlington 
County, the Virginia Association of Counties, the 
National Academy of Public Administration and 
the Virginia Community College System. She 
lives in Richmond. • Thomas Dodson '70BS/B is 
executive director at Jamestown Compact Land 
Trust, Inc. He lives in Middleburg, VA. • John 
Durkin '79MBA is director of human resources 
at the National Democratic Institute in 
Washington. He lives in Manassas, VA. • Phyllis 
Dyer-Weldon '77BFA'83C/B is executive vice 
president of product development and CTO at 
Datascout Software Inc. in Raleigh, NC. She lives 
in Wake Forest, NC. • Paulette Ellis '73BS/B is 
an accountant at the Smithsonian Institution In 
Washington. She lives in Reston.VA. • Michael 
Evans '77BSW '81MSW is director of human 



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services for Richmond, where he lives. He has 
been Richmond's social services director for the 
past 10 years. Michael started GREAT, a welfare- 
to-work program operated by the Greater 
Richmond Chamber of Commerce. • Richard 
Fisher 71BS/B is a consultant at Washington 
Gas Light Company in Springfield, VA. He lives in 
Hume,VA. • *HarrvFranl<lin Jr71BS/Bisa 
partner at Bowling, Franklin & Company, LLP in 
Fredericksburg, VA, where he lives. • *Daniel 
Gill '72BS/B is vice president at Dayvon Services 
Inc. in Burke, VA where he lives. • Marjorie 
Givai7'71BS/B IS director of strategic alliances 
at Luminant Worldwide Corporation in Herndon, 
VA. She lives in Reston, VA. • Frank Goodman Jr 
'78BS/H&S is manager of investigations at the 
Virginia Lottery • Christopher Hallberg '74MS/B 
owns Hallberg Financial Group in 
Fredericksburg, VA, where he lives. • ^Stephen 
Hamlin '78BS/B is CFO at Piedmont Electnc 
Membership Corporation in Hillsborough, NC. He 
lives in Raleigh, NC. • Richard Harold '74BS/B is 
a self-employed business advisory/accounting 
and realty development consultant. He lives in 
Phoenix, AZ. • Raymond Harris ■76BS/B is 
senior research analyst at BAE Systems in 
Dahlgren, VA. He lives in Stafford, VA. • Thomas 
Harrison Jr'76MS/B is vice president and princi- 
pal at First Union Corporation, Private Capital 
Management in McLean, VA. He lives in 
Arlington, VA. • Charles Hawthorne '71BS/B is 
in real estate sales for Coldwell Banker in 
Atlanta, where he lives. • Rohert Hawthorne 
'71BS/B is executive vice president at United 
Bank in Vienna, VA. He lives in McLean, VA. • 
Thomas Healy '79BS/B is a partner at Accenture 
Ltd. in Reston, VA. He lives in Vienna, VA. • 
Vern Hearl '73BS/I\/IC is a partner at Lesnik, 
Himmelsbach, Wilson & Hearl Advertising and 
Public Relations in Myrtle Beach, SC, where he 
lives. • William Henley '75BS/B is systems 
manager for the Immigration and Naturalization 
Service in Washington. He lives in Fairfax 
Station, VA. • Ralph Hicks Jr'77BS/B is town 
manager of Colonial Beach, VA, where he lives. 
• Gloria Holland '77MS/B is chief at the U.S. 
Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington. 
She lives in Woodbridge,VA. • Peter Hubicki 
'78IVIBA is president of PMH Associates, Inc in 
Charlotte, NC, where he lives. • Paul Isaac III 
'79BS/B married Kimberly Hessey on May 26, 
2001. He is vice president of operations at 
Thalhimer Headwear in Richmond. They live in 
Chesterfield County, VA. • David Jones '78BS/B 
is terminal manager at Citgo Petroleum Corp. He 
lives in Lawrenceville, GA. ■ Barbara Kilhourne 
'76BFA is senior QA supervisor at Inhale 
Therapeutic Systems in San Carlos, CA. She lives 
in San Mateo, CA. • *Floyd Lane Jr 12BSIB is a 
federal bank examiner at the Federal Deposit 
Insurance Corporation in Washington. He lives in 
Gainesville, VA. • Rohert Lang '73BS/B is senior 
managing director at Branch Cabell in 
Richmond. He lives in Fredericksburg, VA. • 
Ross Locklear'77BS/B is an attorney at Locklear 
& Sailer in Stafford, VA. He lives in 
Fredericksburg, VA. • *Ann Maddux '78BS/B 
■78MBA is senior ORSA/evaluatorforthe U.S. 
Department of Defense in Alexandria, VA, where 
she lives. • 'Christopher Martin '76BS/B is lead 
project designer at Virginia Power Company in 
Fairfax, VA. He lives in Purcellville, VA. • Walter 



Spirited Thanks 

More than 300 people celebrated VCU's merit 
scholars and professors of endowed chairs at the 
VCU Foundation Endowed Scholarship Dinner at 
the Commonwealth Club on November 8. VCU 
funds more than 250 endowed scholarships. 

GayDonna Vandergriff, the VCU/MCV 
Women's Club Scholar, said she's "so proud [to 
hold] a scholarship created by the hard work and 
dedication of so many women." 

Sohaib Mohiuddin holds the Weinberg 
Honors Scholarship, and studied m Cairo last 
summer on a Presidential Scholarship. Also presi- 
dent of the Muslim Student Association, he com- 
mented, "It is through our thirst for knowledge 
that we will stand "United Through Diversity," 
adding enthusiastically, "On this campus, no ideas go unchallenged!" 




Robin Bhavsar, Marcia Walptrt Scholar; Krishtia 
Mukkamala, VCVAA Scholar and Philip Morris Scholar 
in English; and Soliaib Mohiuddin, jay and Sondra 
Webiberg Undergradiuxte Scholar in Honors. 



Mason Jr '70BS/B is deputy board member at 
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in 
Washington. He lives in Fredericksburg, VA. • 
John McCauley '73BS/B is solution account 
manager at Ernst & Young Technologies in 
Chantilly, VA. His wife, Susan McCauley '72AS 
'74BS/B, IS associate manager at Banana 
Republic in Dulles, VA. They live in Leesburg, VA. 
• Tom McKittrick '70BS/B is assistant vice presi- 
dent and chief credit officer at Hanover Bank. He 
was branch manager at Southside Bank. • 
Kymherly McMillan '78BS/B is a buyer at 
Degage in Arlington, VA where she lives. • 
James McNally '77BS/B is vice president at J. 
Loew Property MGT., INC. in Downingtown, PA, 
where he lives. • *John Miller IV '79BS/B owns 
Realty Investments LLC in Raleigh, NC where he 
lives. * Richard Millman '76BS/B IS senior real 
estate appraiser at Wampler & Eanes Appraisal 
Group in Daleville, VA. He lives in Locust Grove, 
VA • Cecil MillnerJr'78BS'82MACC/B IS 
senior transfer price analyst at Ethyl Corporation 
in Richmond. He lives in Glen Allen, VA. • 
Herbert Mitchell '74BS/B is associate adminis- 
trator at the U.S. Small Business Administration 
m Washington. He lives in Dumfries, VA. • 
Margaret Moseley '74BS/AH '84MBA is vice 
president of planning, marketing and communi- 
cations at Bon Secours Health System, Inc. in 
Marriottsville, MD. She lives in Baltimore. • 
•Arthur Myers Jr '73BS/B is finance leader at 
United Litho, Inc in Ashburn, VA, where he 
lives. • John Neal '71BS/B is executive vice 
president/coo at Union Bank and Trust in 
Bowling Green, VA. He lives in Fredericksburg, 
VA. • RussNarfleet'74BS'78MS/Bisareal 
estate specialist for Arlington County in 
Arlington, VA, where he lives. • *Kathleen Odum 
'77BS/B is senior vice president of Synoptic 
System Corporation in Springfield, VA. She lives 
in Alexandria, VA. • Bernard Gleniacz '7BBS/B is 
president of EAA Capital Company, LLC in Silver 
Spring, MD. He lives in Great Fails, VA. • 
*James Oliver '75BS/B is program manager of 
ITM career development for the Department of 
the Army in Washington. He lives in Arlington, 
VA. • Thomas Ottoson '79BS/B is a proprietor at 
Thomas H. Ottoson Adjusting & Investigating 
Services in Audubon, NJ. He lives in Haddon 
Heights, NJ. • Cristsandra Penn '79BS/B is a 
legislative policy specialist at PECO Energy 
Company in Philadelphia, where she lives. • 
*Jon Pike '7BBS/B has his own practice as an 



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Alan. 



oral surgeon in 
Martinsburg,VW. • 
Nick Poulios '79MA/B 
is senior director of 
medical outcomes 
research and econom- 
ics in the global 
research and develop- 
ment group at Baxter 
Biosciencein Los 
Angeles. He special- 
izes in infectious 
diseases, hemophilia 
and general immunolo- 
gy. • Henry 
Rackowski Jr is a CPA 
in Annandale, VA, 
where he lives. • 
Aparna Raghu '78MEd 
teaches biology at 
Manchester High 
School in Chesterfield 
County, VA, and lives in 
Richmond. • 
'Raymond Ranelli 
'70BS/B IS a partner at 
Pncewaterhouse- 
Coopers in 

Washington. He lives 
in McLean, VA. • 
Lewis Redd '78BS/B 
is vice president at 
Cap Gemini Ernsts 

Young in Atlanta, where he lives. • Martha 
Redstrom-Plourd '77BS/H&S '79MS/B is a princi- 
pal at Springboard in Linden, VA, where she 
lives * Marjorie Rhodes '74BS/B is a floral 
designer at Publix Supermarkets, Inc. in 
Manetta,GA, where she lives. • Mary Riddle 
'70BS/B is vice president of The Coca-Cola 
Companyin Atlanta, where she lives. • James 
Russell '70BS/E married Norma Fox on April 6, 
2001 • Mark Shapiro '70BS/B is president of 
Mark-O Distributing Company in Norcross, GA, 
where he lives. • Sandra Silzer '77BS/B is 
senior auditor at the General Accounting Office 
in Washington. She lives in Sterling, VA. • Alan 
Sitterson'73BS/B is manager of technical 
training at Philip Morns Co., Inc in Concord, NC. 
HelivesinHarnsburg, NC. • Robert SmalleyJr 
'75BS/B is president of Smalley Package Co. Inc. 
in Berryville, VA, where he lives. • E. Morris 
Smith Jr '72BS/B is manager of policy and com- 




Juanita Leatiierixrry Family Merit 
Scholarship donors liianita 
Leatherberry 73BS/B and her 
husband Daniel. 



NTER31 2002 



j3GirotWs 

VCU Alumni Association 
2002 



MARCH 11-15 

Alumni Extern Program 

MARCH 18 

Alumni/Admissions Phonathon 

MARCH 23 

AAA Council Meeting 

MARCH 26 

Alumni/Admissions Phonathon 

APRILS 

Block Party — Now We're Cookin' 

APRIL 19 

Theatre Reunion 

APRIL 27 

Destination Imagination 
Reunion 2002— MCV Campus 

MAY 3-5 

REUNION 2002 

Academic Campus 

MAY 5-13 

Alumni College in Ireland 

MAY 14 

VCUAA Board Meeting 

MAY 18 

Commencement Breakfast & Photography 
COMMENCEMENT 2002 

JUNE1 

AAA Council Meeting 

JUNE 23- JULY 1 

Alumni College in the Swiss Alps 

SEPTEMBER 29 -OCTOBER 7 

Alumni College in Chianti, Tuscany 



pliance at Philip Morns, Inc. in Alpharetta, GA, 
where he lives. • Robert Sparkman 11 '77BS/B 
IS senior systems engineer atZai-Amelex 
Engineering & Analysis Group in Arlington, VA. 
He lives in Dumfries, VA. • *Kathleen Stanlev 
'78BS/B IS assistant director at DOJ Immigration 
and Naturalization Service in Washington. She 
lives in Annandale,VA. • *Keith Strohecker 
'75BS/B is senior vice president at the CAPS 
Group in Richmond. He lives in Midlothian, VA. • 
Nancy Suttenfield '79MA/B is vice chancellor for 
finance and administration atthe University of 
North Carolina in Chapel Hill, where she lives. • 
James Sutton '74BS/B works at Sutton 
Insurance Services in Charlotte, NC, where he 
lives • W. Bland Sutton III '77BS/B is state tax 
policy analyst for the Commonwealth of Virginia 
in Richmond, where he lives. • Larry Tatem 



'74MS/B IS branch manger in the audit depart- 
ment at Government Employ in Herndon, VA, 
where he lives. • R. Louis Taylor Jr'78BS/B is 
investor relations manager for United Parcel 
Service in Atlanta, GA where he lives. • Thomas 
Tegge '72BS/B is general manager of Rack 'n 
Roll Billiard Club in Manassas, VA. He lives in 
Centreville, VA • James Thomas '79BS/B 
'86IVI6A IS senior vice president and chief credit 
officer at Bank of Richmond. • R.Stephens 
Thomas III '74BS/B is managing partner at 
EastCoast Entertainment Inc. in Atlanta, where 
he lives • Ralph Thompson lOBS/B is president 
and chief brain at eBrains. He lives in 
Montpelier, VA with his wife Cindy and their 
children Jennifer and Jason. • Harry TiceJr 
'75BS/B is assistant director of facilities manage- 
ment atthe Executive Office for U. S. Attorneys in 
Washington. He lives in Front Royal, VA. • 
*Ronald Tillett '79BS/H&S is managing director 
at Morgan Keegan & Company, Inc in Richmond. 
He lives in Midlothian, VA. • William Trenchard 
'74MS/B teaches accounting at Catawba College 
in Salisbury, NC. He is also chair of Ketner 
School of Business. He lives m Advance, NC. • 
*Thomas Vorneberg '78MBA is an agency com- 
pliance manager at Mass Mutual in Farmington 
Hills, Ml, where he lives. • Desales Wagster 
'78BS/B IS president of the Convention and 
Visitors Bureau in Alpharetta, GA. She lives in 
Duluth, GA. • Thomas Waldrop70MS/B IS 
chairman, president, and CEO of Waldrop Inc. in 
Vienna, VA, where he lives. • *Alan Walker 
'73BS/B IS president of Walker Title in Fairfax, 
VA. He lives in Clifton, VA. • Leila Walker 7065 
'78MS/B IS supervisor of business education for 
Baltimore County Public Schools in Towson, MD. 
She lives in Baltimore. • *Linda Warren 78BS/B 
IS assistant controller of accounting and admin- 
istration at Philip Morris USA in Richmond, 
where she lives. • *Sara Watts 73BM/A is a 
self-employed investor in Portland. • *Andrea 
Weiss 76BFA is president of Delia's Corp. She 
was executive vice president at The Limited Inc 
• Joseph Whitaker Jr 75MBA is assistant sec- 
retary of the U.S. Army in Washington. He lives in 
Fairfax Station, VA • Nancy Whitaker 70BS/B 
teaches business at Fairfax County Public 
schools in Springfield, VA. She lives in Fairfax 
Station, VA. • *Richard Whiteley71BS/B is 
principal at Armfield Harrison & Thomas Inc in 
Leesburg,VA, where he lives. • *Susan Whitton 
78BS/B teaches at Fairfax County Public schools 
in Alexandria, VA, where she lives. • John 
Widdifield 76MS/B is project engineer at Booth 
& Associates, Inc. in Raleigh, NC. His wife, 
Katherine Widdifield 76BS/B, is pastor of Penny 
Road Church of the Nazarene in Raleigh, where 
they live. • Ann Williams 77MBA is director of 
workforce and community education at 
Germanna Community College in Locust Grove, 
VA. She lives in Fredencksburg, VA. • David 
Williams 77BS/B is vice president at PBM- 
Limbach Group in Lanham, MD. He lives in 
Annapolis. • JamesWilliams79BS/B is deputy 
associate commissioner for program manage- 
ment forthe Internal Revenue Service in 
Washington. He lives in Vienna, VA. • Sandra 
Wynne 76BS/E earned a MA in Chnstian 
Education from Union Theological Seminary and 
Presbyterian School of Christian Education in 
Richmond, where she lives. • Woodrow Young 



76BS/B IS a Farm Credit Administration examiner 
in McLean, VA. He lives in Sterling, VA. • John 
Ziolkowski 77BS/1V1C was named general 
manager of the Virginia Clipping Service at 
Burrelle's Information Services. 



Dana Allen '86BS/B is account executive at 
Colgate-Palmolive in Smyrna, GA. She lives in 
Lawrenceville, GA • Deborah Arenstein '87BFA 
and her husband Brian, celebrated the birth of 
their daughter, Evelyn Rose in August, 2000. 
Deborah writes grants part-time and is president 
of Beth Sholom Home in Richmond, where they 
live. • Cynthia Ball '82MBA, a certified mediator, 
operates Cynthia Ball Mediation in Apex, NC, 
where she lives. • John Barret Jr '86MS/B is 
CFO and corporate secretary at Rockingham 
Group in Harrisonburg, VA, where he lives. • 
*James Bedenbaugh '81 MBA is senior vice 
president of finance and treasurer at Magellan 
Health Services in Atlanta. He lives m Roswell, 
GA • Sherry Black '80BS/AH '84MBA IS director 
of business development at Children's Hospital in 
Richmond. She was director of marketing at 
Riverside Health Systems long-term care division 
in Newport News, VA • *Annette (Ringwood) 
Boyd '85BS/B is director of business develop- 
ment at Barber Martin Advertising in Richmond, 
where she lives • William Brinkley '82BS/B is 
senior vice president at First Union Corporation 
in Fairfax, VA, where he lives. • David Brown 
'84MFA IS senior curator at Southeastern Center 
for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, NC. He 
was director of exhibitions at Maryland Institute 
Collegeof Art in Baltimore. • Glenda (Agnor) 
Brown '89BS/B is an administrative assistant at 
Liberty Baptist Church in Hampton, VA. She lives 
in Newport News, VA. • Denise Brown-Branch 
'88BS/B IS manager of marketing applications at 
Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation in 
Louisville, KY. She was client relationship 
managerfortrade marketing atthe same 
company • Leah Brown-Sumreir85BS/B is 
area vice president and an attorney at Computer 
Horizons Corporation in Raleigh, NC. She lives in 
Can/, NC. • Elizabeth Bryant 'BaBS/MC is a 
reporter and weekend weather anchor at WSET- 
TV in Lynchburg, VA. She was a contract 
reporter and substitute weather anchor for 
WSET-TV. • ♦Rick Cabler'83BS/B IS an integra- 
tion systems analyst with the U.S. Army Material 
Command in Honolulu. He lives in Aiea, HI. • 
Diane Campbell '85BS/B is vice president of 
finance at AG Consulting in San Francisco. She 
lives in Atlanta • Joseph Campbell '87BS/B is 
an analyst programmer at Philip Morris, Inc. in 
Richmond, VA, where he lives. • Kim Carlton 
'81BS/H&S works for Capital One in their Intranet 
department, Web Communications. He was also 
Lead Programmer for Circuit City's Divx project. 
• Alfred Carr '84BS/B is a law clerk and consul- 
tant at Lomax IT Consulting Service, LLC in 
Washington. He lives in Fairfax, VA. • Robert 
Coiner '85BS/B is owner of the Accounting 
Office of Robert K. Coiner in Culpeper, VA where 
he lives. • Brett Cole '83BS/B is product 
manager at Verizon in Arlington, VA. He lives in 
South Riding, VA. • Susan Coleman '86BS/B is 
vice president and agency manager at Bankers 
Title of Fredericksburg, LLC in Fredericksburg, 
VA.where she lives. • *Rick Cooper '80BS/B 



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Their paths first crossed in the ER at 
Richmond Memorial Hospital. Thirty years 
and three grown children later, the Hon. 
Pat O'Bannon 71BS/E and Del. John 
O'Bannon 111 73MD remain very much 
together, committed to their family, their 
state and community and public service. 

Pat is not, she claims, a natural politi- 
cian, but shy persons do what needs to be 
done. "At VCU, 1 grew tremendously in 
self-confidence. 1 pushed hard to come out 
of my shell. It was an important time." She 
learned realpolitik in the Student 
Government Association, as an elected 
student representative her sophomore year 
and then as a junior in an elected, paid 
position as SGA secretary. 

'T worked with great people. Randy 
Eley '70BS/B was president, and the late 
Marshall Hayney 71BA/H&S was vice- 
president. 1 learned so much from both of 
them. In 1995, when ! ran for the 
Tuckahoe Magisterial seat on the Henrico 
Board of Supemsors, my SGA e.xperience 
was a tremendous help." 

Pat credits VCU for enabling her to get a 
college degree. "It is still possible to get an 
affordable and an excellent education at 
this University. And classes scheduled at 
nontraditional hours mean many people 
can fit work in with attending class." 

As for the young medical student, "Oh, 
I had a wonderful time at MCV. It's a great 
medical school, and it provided great 
training, professionally and personally." 
John began his training in neurology, in 
1976, on "the first day they put in a CAT 
Scan." More luck, in that his mentor was 
legendary Dr. Kinloch Nelson, dean of the 
School of Medicine for 20 years; the Nelson 
Clinic is named for him. It would be hard 
to find a better model for someone who 
wants to make things happen. "He was a 
remarkable man, very bright and decent — 
a terrific person and teacher." 

O'Bannon is past president of the 
Dean's Alumni Advisory Council and has 
been active in both the MCV and VCU 
Alumni organizations. An honors student 
at the School of Medicine, he received the 
Upjohn Achievement Award and was presi- 
dent of his senior class. He's particulariy 
proud that fellow alumni chose to give him 
the 1998 Caravati Award, for his service to 
the Alumni Association, the School of 
Medicine and his community. 

And now? You might say that Tuckahoe 
Supervisor Pat O'Bannon spends her days 
"running for office." She's visiting schools, 
taking calls, sitting in meetings — and eating 
countless chicken dinners. "Last year, 1 
think I cooked two dinners. Thanksgiving 
and Christmas," she laughs. The hardest 
part of her job is finding time. "Wlien a 



constituent calls, very angry, too often 1 
cannot even begin to solve their problem. 1 
can't fix everything. It's frustrating." 

Curbing domestic violence is a priority 
for Pat, and her work has been recognized 
by the Women in Government Award from 
Oooil Housekeeping Magazine and the 
Woman of the Year Award for 2001 from 
the Richmond YWCA. 

"Statistics prove that if you teach men 
and women how to handle family 
problems, fewer people get killed," Pat says. 
She helped connect the County's Domestic 
Violence Team, a network of law enforce- 
ment professionals, the Commonwealth 
Attorney's office. Domestic Relations Court, 
women's shelters, social services and local 
hospitals, and Pat. She pushed to expand 
Henrico's Domestic Violence Unit. Now, 
Henrico Police respond much faster to a 
"domestic," and they are much more effec- 
tive when they get there. 

John O'Bannon has also kept up a brisk 
pace since his student years. He was chief 
resident in neurology and president of the 
MCV Housestaff Council 1976-77, chief of 
staff at Richmond Metropolitan Hospital in 
1985, co-directed the Sleep Lab at St. Mary's 
and later chaired the Quality Assurance 
Committee at Henrico Doctors' Hospital, 
where he was named chief of staff in 1991. 

As president of the Richmond .Academy 
of Medicine, he led a successful fight in 
1998 against Trigon's pre-authorization 
requirement for hospitalizations. Doctors 
who admitted patients on weekends, 
without pre-authorization, had found that 
payment was denied, even when the 
company agreed the care was medically 
necessary. Leading the Academy, O'Bannon 
got a 24-hour leeway so that care would not 
be delayed while a physician tried to 
contact Trigon. 

He maintains a successful practice with 
Neurological Associates, Inc. and is an asso- 
ciate clinical professor of neurology at 
VCU's School of Medicine. Spare time? 
Delegate O'Bannon jokes that the only 
time he gets any rest is when the General 
Assembly is in session. "It is a demanding 
job," he admits. "And the past two years 
have been particularly gmeUng — the car tax 
issue, the budget, health care — but at least 1 
can go home at the end of the day." His 
partners cover so he can ser\'e in the legisla- 
ture. "1 appreciate their generosity. 1 can 
fully meet the needs of both my patients 
and constittients." 

His field is more sophisticated and 
precise than he could have imagined as a 
young neurologist. Thanks to the Human 
Genome Project, "we could, someday, cure 
all sorts of genetic diseases. It can help us 
tteat the individual instead of just the 
sickness. For instance, we use several drugs 
to fight high cholesterol, right? This will 




help us find the exact medicine for each 
person, based on genetic makeup. And it's 
happening liglit now." 

He has strong opinions on the airrent 
direction of health care. "1 do not feel that 
for-profit health care is inherently 'wrong.' 
After all, for-profit institutions pay taxes 
while not-for-profits don't. I do, however, 
believe that all providers share some 
responsibility to provide care to poor and 
indigent patients. VCU Health Systems has 
historically done a disproportionate share 
of this in Virginia and should be appropri- 
ately compensated," he notes. 

The O'Bannons are each other's most 
loyal constituents. Although their profes- 
sional lives rarely overlap, Pat says they 
support each other in many ways. "When 
John is on call, he works day and night, 
several times a week. When he's home, he 
gets up around sLx, feeds the dog and cat 
and reads the paper, and then he's gone for 
most of the day, taking care of patients." 

John remembers, "When Pat ran five 
years ago, we took six months out of our 
lives and devoted all of our free time to her 
campaign. When the opportunity came 
along for me to run for office, she equally 
helped me. ! value her judgment and 
insight, and discuss many issues with her — 
especially the ones that she's seen in local 
government. On a day-to-day basis, we 
have learned how to balance our schedules 
and frequently are able to spend time 
together going to political or business 
events." 

These are two politicians solid for family 
values, more ready to talk about their three 
children than themselves. Jack, the oldest, 
is a computer programmer for NASA; 
Ginny, a biologist, is a quality confrol spe- 
cialist for a pharmaceuticals company. 
Those are hard acts to follow, but Andy is 
resourceful; he's at Johns Hopkins, 
majoring in nuclear physics. "They were 
wonderful children, and they are all great 
people," Pat said. "They are the love of our 
life and our proudest accomplishment." 

Pamela Bodkin is a freelance writer and a 
food editor for dotcom. 



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owns Advanced Color Imaging in Atlanta, GA 
where he lives. • Brian Cuttic'88BS/B is senior 
vice president at Capital Business Credit in 
Manetta, GA, where he lives. • Dennis Danvers 
'89MFA/H&S has |ust published a new novel, 
The Watch. • Tlieodore Davis III 'SSBS/B is vice 
president of operations at Delta Precision Alloys 
in Montgomeryville, PA. He lives in Chalfont, PA. 
• Richard Duesberry '86BS/B is senior under- 
writing specialist at PMA Insurance Group in 
Blue Bell, PA. He lives in Schwenksville, PA. • 
Patricia Durand '88BS/B is an ecommerce con- 
sultant at Compaq Computer Corp. from her 
home in Cumming, GA. • Patricia Eastwood 
'80BS/6 IS case manager for the City of Danville, 
VA, where she lives. • Janet Faison '85BS/B is 
an Instructor in the Information Systems 
Department at Roanoke Chowan Community 
College in Ahoskie, NC. She lives in Branchville, 
VA. • Carlos Ferran'80BS/B IS president of Caly 
Builders Incorporated Stafford, VA, where he 
lives. • *Henry Fine '82BS/B is a financial repre- 
sentative at Northwestern Mutual Financial 
Network in Richmond where he lives. • J. 
Randolph Frazer '81BS/B is senior manager of 
technical support at Cisco Systems in Research 
Triangle Park, NC. He lives in Apex, NC. • Alan 
Gayle'81MA/B is managing director at Trusco 
Capital Management in Richmond. He lives in 
Fredencksburg, VA. • 'Patrick Geary '84BS/B is 
division head of the Office of Security for the 
Department of Navy in Washington. He lives in 
Fredericksburg, VA. » Samuel Gillespie '80C/B 
IS systems programmer at Compuware Corp. in 
McLean, VA. He lives in Arlington, VA. • Debbie 
Gimpelson '88BS/B is program manager at Intel 
Corporation in Chandler, AZ. She lives in 
Phoenix. * Kimberly (Johnson) Goodwin 
'86BS/B has his own landscape design business 
in Lilburn, GA. • Michelle Green '89BS/B is 
director of the International Foundation for 
Education/Seif-Help in Phoenix. She lives In 
Gilbert, AZ. • Sharon Green 'SSBS/B is CFO at 
Viewgate Networks, Inc. in Alexandria, VA. She 
lives in Fredericksburg, VA. • Diane Greer '89BS 
'95C/B IS special assistant to the president at 
Virginia State University. She was an associate 
at Hunton& Williams in Fairfax, VA. • Ellen 
Greer '81 BS/B is controllerof energy services at 
GE Power Systems in Atlanta. She lives in 
Smyrna, GA • Ruth Grimes-Crump '82MEd is 
policy and program specialist atthe U.S. 
Department of Education in Washington. • 
Kenneth Hall '85BS/B is a systems programmer 
at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, where 
he lives. * Michael Hamann'S2BFA married 
Wendy Jones on July 28, 2001 . He is creative 
director at Rhodes, Inc. • Richard Hanson 
'S5BS/B IS president of Atlantic Collection 
Consultants, Inc. in Dacula, GA, where he lives. • 
'Joseph Hart '81 BS/B IS afield sales analyst at 
RJ Reynolds Tobacco Co. in Wmston-Salem, NC. 
He lives in Blackwood, NJ. • "Paul Hundley 
'86BFA IS manager of planned giving for the 
American Red Cross-Greater Richmond Chapter. 
He lives in Midlothian, VA. • Anthony Ivener 
'88BS/B IS a partner/CPA at Swart Lalande & 
Associates PC. in Fairfax, VA. He lives In Oakton, 
VA. • Elizabeth James '84BS/B is controller at 
Appleton Campbell, Inc. In Warrenton, VA. She 
lives in The Plains, VA. • *Thomas James 
'86BS/B is manager of Integrated financial 



systems at Anteon Corporation In Arlington, VA. 
He lives In Fairfax, VA. • Judianne (Jones) 
Lange'86MS/B is a principal at The Big Picture in 
Scottsdale,/\Z, where she lives. • Dennis Kemp 
'82BS/6 IS senior financial aid consultant at 
Holec Financial Aid Services, inc. in Herndon, 
VA. He lives In Laurel, MD. • Peter Kepperling 
'89BS/6 IS a claims adjuster at Erie Insurance 
Group in Media, PA. He lives in Lincoln 
University, PA. • Quentina Kinney '80MEd 
earned an MA In Chnstian Education from Union 
Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School 
of Christian Education in Richmond. • Lisa Link 
'86BS/B IS a flight attendant for Delta Air Lines in 
Atlanta. Her husband, Timothy Link '86BS/H&S, 
IS manager of information technology at General 
Electric In Ft. Washington, PA. They live In 
Marietta, GA. • Judith Luck '81BS/B is a medical 
technician manager for the VCU Health Systems 
in Richmond, where she lives. • Theodore 
Lupton III '86MBA Is IT manager at Freudenberg 
Nonwovens In Durham, NC. He lives in 
Hillsborough, NC. • Kevin Massenberg '82BS/B 
works at Startec Global Communications in 
Potomac, MD, as a financial systems analyst. 
Kevin lives in Silver Spring, MD. ° Tom Mays 
'88BS/B works at Philip Morris USA in Richmond 
and lives in Chesterfield, VA. ° Catherine 
McKenney '84BFA received an Emmy award for 
her work as a set decorator on the TV soap As 
TheWorld Turns. She has been a set decorator 
for twelve years, the last seven with As The 
World Turns. Catherine has been nominated 
three times for an Emmy award and lives in 
Manhattan with her husband John and their son 
Win • Richard McLaughlin '83BS/H&S is an 
officer in Medford Township, NJ. He is also a 
school resource officer. • Stacey Neel '89BS/B 
IS underwriter II at GEICO Companies in 
Fredericksburg, VA, where she lives. ' Julia 
Newman '85BS/B works at SEI Investments in 
Oaks, PA. She lives in Ardmore, PA. • Chip 
Patton '86MS/H&S is a software engineer at 
Tpresence Inc. in Wexford, PA. ' Joan Pawlak 
'85MS/B IS a pharmaceutical sales representa- 
tive for Merck & Company. She lives in Gilbert, 
AZ. • Robin Peace '87BS/B is a systems 
engineer at The Vanguard Group in Charlotte, 
NC. She lives in Fort Mill, NC. • Brent Penny 
'86BS/B IS a major in the U.S. Army. He lives in 
Springfield, VA. • David Pierce 'SSBS/B is 
regional sales manager of Bankebay@aol.com. 
He lives in Durham, NC. • Darryl Putnam 
'89BS/B '93MA/B is senior statistical analyst at 
Menkle Direct Marketing In Lanham, MD. He 
lives in Annapolis • *Douglas Robbins '85BS/B 
is president of O.L. Robbins, Inc. In Richmond. He 
lives in Midlothian, VA. ■• N.Kent Rockwell 
'82BS/H&S '92C/B is senior software engineer at 
Verisign, Inc. He lives in Herndon, VA. • Maria 
Sams '88BFA owns StudloM Design In 
Richmond. • Janet Schultz'83MS/B is vice 
president at Latin America Bus. Inn. Services in 
Atlanta. She lives in Roswell, GA. • June Schultz 
'86C/B IS a web technical writer at EDS. She lives 
In McLean, VA. • Julie Sebastianelli '89BFA is 
art director at Carter Cosgrove and Company in 
Alexandria, VA. She lives In Burke, VA. • 
Raymond Shelton '89BS/B is a loan officer at BE. 
Saul Mortgage Company in Reston, VA and lives 
in Potomac Falls, VA. • William Shelton '82MBA 
is director of technology development at 



Atlantech International, Inc. In Morrow, GA. He 
lives in LIthonia, GA. • Irvin Sherman '88MBA 
works for the Computer Sciences Corporation. 
He lives in Harrlsburg, NC. • Mary Montague 
Sikes '80MFA published both a romance novel, 
Hearts Across Forever, and the non-fiction 
Hotels to Remember, illustrated with her paint- 
ings and photographs, in 2001. She lives and 
works in Richmond. • *Thomas Silvestri 
'86MBA IS senior vice president of community 
newspapers at Media General Inc in Richmond, 
where he lives. • *Gus Siokis '88BS/B is 
program director at Delta Airlines in Atlanta. He 
lives in Marietta, GA. • Paula Smith '82BS/B is a 
paralegal atWyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton, LLP 
In Raleigh, NC. She lives in Cary, NC. • *William 
Smithdeal '80BS/B is senior manager at Nortel 
Networks In Research Triangle Park, NC. He 
lives in Raleigh, NC. • John Sobchak '80BS/B Is 
a tax accountant at OAG Corporation in 
Greenbelt, MD. He lives in Herndon, VA. • 
Suzanne Sonnergren '88BS/B is regional market- 
ing coordinator at SunTrust Mortgage, Inc. in 
Annandale, VA. She lives in Falls Church, VA. • 
Sean (Athey) Strayer '836S/B and Michael 
Sirayer '96BFA celebrated the birth of their son 
Shane Michael on June 16, 200T • Michael 
Sykes '89BS/B is senior claims representative at 
Fireman's Fund Insurance Co. In Alpharetta, GA. 
He lives in Stone Mountain, GA. • *Jeffrey 
Tuning '83BS/B is president and CEO of Tuning 
Consulting Services, LLC in Atlanta. He lives In 
Suwanee, GA • Geraldine Turner '85BS 
'92MA/B is director of SBS acquisitions modeling 
at American Express in Phoenix. She lives In 
Glendale,AZ • NancyTunstair86BS/B Is infor- 
mation systems auditor senior for Virginia 
Community College Systems in Richmond, where 
she lives • *Yvette (White) Washington 
'84BS/B works at Computer Sciences Corp. In 
Richmond, and lives in Petersburg, VA. • Bonnie 
Watkins '84BS/6 is post production accountant 
at Icon Productions in Los Angeles. She lives in 
Sherman Oaks, CA • Thomas Wendling 
'87BS/H&S earned an MS In systems engineer- 
ing from Virginia Tech's Northern Virginia Center 
in Falls Church, VA. He is senior project engineer 
at Ondeo Degremont U.S.A., Inc. in Richmond, 
where he lives. • Macey White Jr '89PhD/H&S 
married Gwenn Campbell on June 26, 1999. He 
and his wife run a farm. He was a research 
chemist for DuPont. • Linda Witham '85MBA is 
marketing manager at Verizon Communications 
in Falls Church, VA. She lives in Annandale, VA. • 
Dan Yeingst'81BS/Bls head of data center oper- 
ations and facilities at Glaxo Smith Kline, Inc. In 
Durham, NC. He lives In Cary, NC. 

1990s 

Kwaku Adu-Gyamfi '97BS/E 'OOC/B married 
Robin Childs on July 21 , 2001 . He works at Bank 
of Amenca in the Department of Information 
Systems. • Casey Ahn '97BS/B is a LANA/VAN 
engineer at UUNET/Worldcom In Ashburn, VA. 
He lives In Fairfax, VA. • Ronnie Alexander 
'92BS/B IS account support manager at NCR 
Corporation In Rockville, MD. He lives In 
Columbia, MD. • Melinda (Jones) Anderson 
'99BS/MC married Christopher Anderson on July 
7,2001. • Pamela (Moore) Armstrong '91 BM 
made her debut at New York City's Metropolitan 
Opera in December, 2001. She sang the lead role 



SHAFER COURT 34 CONNECTIONS 



of Mimi in La Boheme. • Annette Bailey 
'91MS/B Is project manager of Global PeopleSoft 
Systems Implementations at Bass Hotels & 
Resorts, Inc. in Atlanta. She lives in Marietta, GA. 

• Michael Baker '92BS/B is senior auditor at the 
Department of Defense-Inspector General in 
Arlington, VA. He lives in Fairfax, VA. • Steven 
Baker '97BFA marned Elizabeth Dover on 
November 25, 2000. He is senior graphic 
designer at Visionmark in Baltimore, where they 
live • David Balfour ■92BS'94MS/H&S earned a 
PhD in biology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute 
and State University in Blacksburg, VA. He works 
at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. • Ard Berge 
'95BFA, collaborated with preeminent Angolan 
artist, Antonio Ole', in spring 2001, to lead a 
drawing and painting workshop in Luanda, 
Angola. It was part of the Arts America Cultural 
Specialist Program of the U.S. Department of 
State. Ard lives in New York City where she is an 
artist and portrait painter. She is a professor of 
fine art at Felician College in Lodi, NJ. • Mac 
Beaton '92MEd is director of technical and con- 
tinuing education at Henrico County Public 
Schools in VA. He lives in Mechanicsville, VA. • 
*Dana Beck '93BS/B is underwriting manager at 
Travelers in Chantilly, VA. She lives in Bristow, 
VA. • Daniel Beck '97BS/B is senior manager of 
accounting at E*Trade Bank in Arlington, VA. He 
lives in Alexandria, VA. • Joanne Bennett 
'94BS/B '95BFA is a merchandise planner at 
Abercrombie & Fitch in New Albany, OH. She 
lives in Pataskala, OH. • *Juli Blanton '91BS/B 
is vice president at International Visions, Inc. in 
Pasadena, MD, where she lives. • Mark 
Boudreau '92BS/B owns Spectrum Auto 
Planning & Collision Repair in Arlington, VA and 
lives in Alexandna,VA. • Carolyn (Fuss) 
Browder '95MS/H&S married Richard Browder 
'95MS/H&S on April 17, 1999. She works at Earth 
Tech, Inc. He works at the Virginia Department 
of Environmental Quality. They live and work in 
Richmond. • Susan (Batten) Budahr97BFA 
married Christopher Budahl on October 16, 1999. 
They live in Europe. • *Tremayne Bunaugh 
'95BS/B IS an attorney at Arthur Andersen, LLP in 
Vienna, VA. He lives in Alexandria, VA. • *Marna 
Bunger '92MS/MC is director of marketing and 
communications atAIG in New York City. She 
lives in Brooklyn. • Irina Burns '90BS/B is a 
designer at Karibai Jewelry in Atlanta. She lives 
inBerkelyLane,GA. • Sally (Lea) Burton '99MT 
married Samuel Burtonon July 14, 2001. They 
live in Danville, VA. • Gwen (DeMallie) 
Campbell '97BFA marned J.W. Campbell 
'OOBS/B on July 10, 1999. They live in Richmond. 

• *Jason Carlyon '93BS/H&S '99PhD/M married 
Cheryl Hensley on May 19, 2001. They live in New 
Haven, CT. • Nancy Cathey'91BS/B is vice pres- 
ident and publisher at Phillips Publishing in 
Potomac, MD. She lives in Alexandna, VA. • 
Mark Charles '99BS/B married Amanda Brewer 
on June 30, 2001. They live in Midlothian, VA. • 
Brenda (Barron) Christy '99MS/H&S marned 
Arthur Christy '99MS/H&S in 2000. They are both 
trace evidence and drug analysts at the Norfolk 
lab of the Virginia Division of Forensic Science. • 
Tracey Clarke '95BS/B is a registered nurse at 
Anne Arundel Medical Center in Anne Arundel, 
MD. She lives in Edgewater, MD. • Connie 
Collins '99BS/B is senior financial analyst at 
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. She lives in 
Smyrna, GA. • *Karen Compton '97MBA is 
manager of financial reporting atClariant 
Corporation in Charlotte, NC where she lives. • 
Kristina (Chapman) Craig '92BFA is director at 



Hatcher Child Development Center in Richmond 
and lives in Glen Allen, VA. • Galley Critzer 
'90BS/B IS product support representative at 
Carter Machinery m Fredericksburg, VA, where 
he lives • William Cundiff'94BFA married 
Brooke Kurek on June 19, 1999. They live in 
Hickop/,VA. • Ruth Damaso ■99MS/H&S is a 
DNA analyst at the Norfolk lab of the Virginia 
Division of Forensic Science. • Fonda 
Dandridge '93BS/B is residency coordinator at 
the VCU Health Systems' MCV Hospitals 
Department of Surgery in Richmond, where she 
lives. • *Brian Davis '92BS/H&S is a senior 
planner for the Fauquier County Government in 
Warrenton, VA. He lives in Culpeper, VA. • 
Nugent Davis '98BFA is a graphic designer in 
Roanoke, VA, where she lives. • Peter 
Dibenedetto '94BS/B is senior consultant at 
ONYX Software in Fairfax, VA, where he lives. • 
Gail (Lewis) Douthat '98MT married James 
Douthaton June 5, 1999. She works at Atlantic 
Educational Services in Richmond, where they 
live. • *Kathryn (Barnes) Ebersole '91 BFA 
earned the Edenton and Chowan County 
Chamber of Commerce's John Mitchener 
Business Personofthe Year Award in January, 
2001. She owns and operates Waterman's Grill 
and Classic Fitness in Edenton, NC, where she 
lives. Kathryn is president of the Edenton 
Steamers Inc., a collegiate summer-league 
team. • Robert Eck'98MBA is director of strate- 
gic programs at InfoEdge, Inc. He lives in 
Leesburg, VA. • Lloyd Edwards ■92C/B is a 
network engineer at Sprint Telecommunications 
in Herndon, VA. He lives in Woodbndge, VA. • 
Kimberly (Wells) Eley '94MA/H&S marned 
Arthur Eley Jr '88BS/H&S on June 27, 1999. Both 
work at ManTech International Corporation in 
Fort Lee, VA. They live in Chester, VA. • 
Jonathan Ellis 'gSBS/H&S married Anne Park on 
Julyl4, 2001. They live in Richmond. • Amy 
(Johnson) Ettinger '99MURP married Matthew 



Ettinger •99MS/H&S on May 22, 1 999. She works 
at the Virginia Department of Emergency 
Services. He works at Commonwealth 
Biotechnologies Inc. They live in Richmond. • 
*Frederick Facka '91MS/B is a financial consul- 
tant at Salomon Smith Barney in Richmond, 
where he lives. ♦ Kimberly Faulconer '94BS/6 is 
senior audit clerk at Hilldrup Mug & STG in 
Stafford, VA. She lives in Fredericksburg, VA. • 
Brian FIschel '97MBA is category sales develop- 
ment manager at Campbell Sales Company. He 
lives in Landsdale, PA. • Juliana Fisher '99C/B is 
a consultant at CapTech Ventures Inc. • Sarah 
Fisher '97BS/MC is an associate producer at 
A&E Television Networks in the Interactive 
Division. She was a multimedia associate 
producer at CBSNews.com. Sarah is currently 
developing a website for the 10th anniversary of 
Investigative Reports. • Robert Fleskes 
'93BS/MC is marketing director at Downtown 
Presents, a non-profit organization that produces 
community events and festivals in downtown 
Richmond. He also teaches Introduction to Radio 
at VCU • Kimberly Freiberger'97MS/H&S IS an 
investigator in the Enforcement Division for the 
Department of Professional and Occupational 
Regulation in Richmond. • John Frields '93BS/B 
IS a database administrator at Fannie Mae in 
Washington. He lives in Arlington, VA. • Freddie 
Fuller II ■93BS/H&S is an assistant director at the 
National Transit Institute of Rutgers University in 
New Brunswick, NJ, where he lives. • Anthony 
Fung '93BS/B is an accountant/financial analyst 
at Cable & Wireless in Vienna, VA. He lives in 
Reston,VA. • Margaret (Sturt) Gallagher '96MT 
married Andrew Gallagher on July 21, 2001. She 
works 

for Stafford County Schools. They live in 
Fredencksburg,VA. • Michael Gallo ■95BS/B is 
manager of Accenture in Charlotte, NC, where 
he lives. • *Amy (Wibright) Getz ■94BS/B is 
manager of financial reporting at Cox Radio, Inc. 




Invitational. Gerald Henderson '78/E (center) played for the VCU Rams and then went on to play on four 
championship NBA teams. He's still on the VCU team, above at the Charfes Barkley Invitational last summer, 
a tournament to fund athletic scholarships. On January 3, 2002, with President Eugene Trani and other VCU 
alumni, he hosted a reception for 20 prospective students and ten high school teachers and administrators in 
Philadelphia, before the VCU/Drexel basketball game. Joining Henderson on the green above are Shep Haw, 
Director of Development for MCV Hospitals, President Trani, Richmond City Manager Calvin Jamison and Peter 
Wyeth, VCU vice president for University Advancement. 



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WINTER 35 200 



She lives in Kennesaw.GA. • Amy (Puryear) 
Gledhill '90BS/6 is a speech language patholo- 
gist for Baltimore County Public Schools and 
lives in Baltimore. • Kume (Smith) Goranson 
'98IVIT married Matthew Goranson on July 14, 
2001. • Carolyn Gore '98 BFA has loined the 
Visual Arts faculty at the Interlochen Arts 
Academy in Michigan as instructor of metal- 
smithing and photography. She is working on an 
MFA at East Carolina State University, where she 
earned the Graduate Scholar Award and the 
Gravely Scholarship. As a student at VCU, she 
won the Eastman Award in Metals. • David 
Gorman '93BS/MC is a property & casualty spe- 
cialist at MetLife in Glenn Allen, VA. • Shannan 
Gray '91BS/H&S is manager of Concierge 
Services at World Access in Richmond. • 
Jacinta Greene '94BS/MC is customer category 
manager of the Washington Region at Kraft 
Foods in Columbia, MD. She lives in Burtonsville, 
MD • Christina (Harlowe) Griggs '92BS'94IVIS/E 
married John Griggs on May 29, 1999. She 
teaches health and physical education at 
Fluvanna County High School. They live in 
Richmond. • Goran Gustavsson '96BS/E is IS 
manager for the Auditor of Public Accounts in 
the City of Richmond, where he lives. • JeKery 



Hancher '93BS/B is a sales representative at The 
Sherwin-Williams Co. in Landover Hills, MD. He 
lives in Bowie, MD. • Garth Hancock Jr '96C/B is 
senior financial analyst at Bureau of Financial 
Institutions, SCC, in Richmond. He lives in 
Woodbndge,VA. • James Hanson '98MBA is 
general manager of First Vehicle Services in Ft. 
Wayne, IN. He lives in Roanoke, IN. • Orlanda 
Harris '98BS/MC is a college recruiter with 
human resources at SunTrust Bank, Inc., where 
she recently received the title of officer. She 
lives and works In Richmond. • Patricl<Hecht 
'92BS/B owns Mobius Promotions, LLC in Falls 
Church, VA, where he lives. • Jonathan Heglun 
'98BFA IS a systems integrator at Sprint and lives 
in Sterling, VA. • Tamara (Eidreth) Hicks 
■94BS/B married Wayne Hicks on June 5, 1999. 
She works at Capital One financial corporation, 
and they live in Richmond. • Jerry Hodge 
'97MBA IS senior manager at Haverstick 
Consulting, Inc. in Carmel, IN. He lives in 
Westfield, IN. • Jeffrey Hulett'94IVIA/B is senior 
vice president at First Union National Bank. He 
lives Charlotte, NC. • *James Hunt'93C/B is 
division controller at Waste Management in 
Sterling, VA. He lives in Fredericksburg, VA. • 
Vonda (Stokely) Hunt '92BS/MC and her 



husband Kent celebrated the birth of their 
daughter, Madyson Rose, on June 25, 2000. They 
live in Aylett, VA. • Darrell Jackson '94MBA is 
senior vice president at First Union Securities. • 
Jeremy Johnston '99MS/H&S is a drug analyst at 
the Norfolk lab of the Virginia Division of 
Forensic Science. • Christine Jones '94BFA is 
visual director at North Carolina Company. She 
lives in Chesterfield, VA. • Tracey Jones 
'97BS/H&S IS an attorney at ReedSmith in 
Pittsburgh. • Doug Kaufman ■96MS/H&S is 
director of internet product development at 
Blackboard Inc., a company that develops 
software and support for online courses. • 
Margaret Klayton-IVIi '94PhD/B is an associate 
professor at Mary Washington College in 
Fredericksburg, VA, where she lives. • Brandon 
Koch '98BS/MC and his wife Leslie (Ward) Koch 
'98BS/IVIC celebrated the birth of their first child. 
Chase Fielding, on August 29, 2001. Brandon 
works at Capital One in Richmond, where they 
live. • Sara Kukorlo'98BS/MC IS communica- 
tions manager atthe National Hospice and 
Palliative Care Organization in Alexandria, VA, 
where she lives. • Liane Kwan '96BS/B is senior 
benefits analyst at Verisign, Inc. in Sterling, VA. 
She lives in Centreville, VA. • Cailin Lally 




Natural Radiance 

Mary Lou Deal '67 BFA, an artist recog- 
nized nationally for her ceramics and 
painting, died of breast cancer on June 26, 
2001 at home in Ashland, Virginia. She was 
56. Lyrical and expressive, her pottery in 
raku and majolica enchanted judges and art 
lovers at national exhibitions like the 
Smithsonian's Washington Craft Show and 
the Philadelphia Craft Show. She also 
received critical acclaim in the Washington 
Post, the NY Times and Suuthem Accents. In 
1990, Metropolitan Home listed her among 
its 100 "movers and shakers of the world." 
Deal received a Virginia Museum Fellowship in 1986; she was the 
Richmond YWCA's Outstanding Woman in the Arts in 199L 

"1 love the feel of clay," she told Charles McGuigan in Northside 
Magazine (Nov. 1998). "You can make it into any shape." The rounded 
vessels she often made reminded her of "women — feet, neck, shoulders 
and aU the adornments." Painters Uke Rousseau, Mattisse and Bonnard 
and early Christian art inspired her work; but Nature itself "over- 
whelmed" her. "The colors, the shapes, the textures... I'm absorbing it all 
the time," she told him. 

Deal was a member of Richmond's Hand Workshop for 30 years, in 
every capacity, from artist to board member. She was instmmental in 
transforming the Workshop-sponsored Richmond Craft Fair to the juried, 
nationally recognized Annual Craft and Design Show. 

Deal was as beloved for her sparkling, generous personality as she was 
for her art. "Mary Lou was a person who tmly was as radiant on the 
inside as she was on the outside," says her friend Betty Owen Rose 
'84BFA. "She always had time to encourage, console and to laugh, which 
you just did in her presence." Regina Carreras '70BFA '80MFA, served 
with Deal on the Hand Workshop board. "It was an absolute delight to 
work with her. She was one of the most upbeat, non-judgmental free 
spirits I've ever known. Even weeks before she left this world, she didn't 
complain. She wanted to know how you were." Tiie Hand Worbihop has 
aeated the "Maiy Lou Deal Clay Awani, " presaited at the Show. Send contri- 
butions (noted "Maiy Lou Deal Award") to TIk Hand Workshop; 1812 West 
Main Street; Richmond, VA 23220. (804) 353-0094. 

A Passion for Economics 

Dr. Bill Harrison, a professor in the Economics Department from 1979 
to 1996, died suddenly on September 25, 2001. He served in WW 11 and 
later enjoyed a full career with the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. 



After earning a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, he moved to aca- 
demics. Joining VCU in 1972, he taught courses in money and banking 
and economic history. Fellow economics professor George Hoffer 
observes, "He always had time for his students and was one of those pro- 
fessors who really liked teaching — especially European economic history, 
one of his passions. 

"He always had a smile on his face and a real bounce to his walk." 
Hoffer adds. "1 can't speak kindly enough about him as a colleague. He 
was one of those individuals you could really count on." 

Fashion Globaiist 

Otti Windmueller '59BFA, former chair of the Fashion Design 
Department and professor emerita, died December 12, 2001, at 85. 
Windmueller and her husband had escaped Nazi Germany in 1938. She 
came to RPI in 1953 to earn a degree in costume design. Her studies at 
RPl, along with her German fashion training and impeccable work, led to 
a part-time teaching position. After earning her degree, she went on to 
chair the department from 1965 to 1976. 

Windmueller definitely put her own stamp on the Fashion and 
Design Departinent. Throughout her tenure, she drew some of fire top 
names in fashion to speak at VCU and brought the program national 
recognition. She earned a degree from the Deutsche Bekleidungs 
Akademie in Munich in 1969, and brought that innovative patternmak- 
ing technique into VCU's curriculum. In fact, VCU was the only 
American school to offer it. "She was taking students to Europe 30 years 
ago. That was unheard of," says Christina Lindholm, the cunent depart- 
ment chair. 

"Her skill sets were European," says her son, Steven Windmueller, 
"but her fine arts training and her theory were American. In my mind 
she represents the first globaiist in that she was looking at the entire 
world through fashion." 

Founding Journalist 

William Turpin, foriner journalism professor and former associate 
director of VCU's School of Mass Communications, died November 29, 
2001 after a long illness. He was 72. Turpin taught at VCU from 1969 
to 1985 and was one of the founders of the mass communications 
program, with Dr. George Cmtchfleld and David Manning UTiite. 
Cmtchfleld called Turpin "one of the best teachers the journalism-mass 
communications program ever had, and a superb administtator." 

After leaving VCU, Turpin was publisher of the Orlando Business 
journal and the Tampa Bay Business Journal in Florida, where he and his 
wife Bonnie lived in Deltona. He was named to the John and Eleanor 
Miller Chair in Communications at Florida Southern College in 1991. 



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'99MS/H&S is a criminalist for the 
IVIassachusetts State Police, specializing in 
DNA • Rachel (Stafford) Lambert '97BS/H&S 
married Anthony Lambert on June 12, 1999. She 
worl<s at First North American National Bank in 
Richmond, They live in Glen Allen, VA. • Edward 
Lanham '98MS/H&S is first sergeant of Prince 
William County Sheriff's Office. He works m the 
Criminal Investigative Division's Vice/Narcotics 
Bureau. • Regeana Lassiter '95BS/H&S is asso- 
ciate group leader of Chromatography in 
Richmond. • Maxwell Lawton'91BA recently 
created a painting, "Chnstwith AIDS, "for 
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, which is now on 
display at St. George's Church in Washington, 
DC and in September 2001, was featured on the 
cover of Ep/scopa//./fe magazine. • Cari Lawyer 
'97MSW is the curriculum specialist for the VCU 
School of Social Work and lives in Richmond. • 
Keith Levi '95MT marned Mary Ellis on July 31, 
1999. He teaches at Thomas Jefferson 
Elementary School, They live in Louisa, VA. • 
Kimberly Lewis '98BS/1\/IC is project coordinator 
at Virginia Council Against Poverty in Richmond. 
• Michael Lin '93BS/H&S ■98MD is a family 
physician at Blue Ridge Family Health Center in 
Warrenton.VA, where he lives. • Jasmine 
(Kerns) Lindley '95BFA is a customer support 
representative at Digital Motorworks in Austin, 
TX, where she lives. • John Lindner '92BFA is 
creative director at BrannRMG in Richmond. He 
was an art director, senior art director, associate 
creative director and co-acting creative director 
for the firm. • Jeffery Link '95BS/B is implemen- 
tation manager at Interact Commerce Corp. in 
Scottsdale, AZ and lives in Phoenix. • Elana Fox 
Lippa ■98BA will sing with the Washington Opera 
Cliorus in Washington, DC, in Spring, 2002. She 
lives in Germantown, MD. • Elizabeth (Hogg) 
Losi '98BFA married Ryan Los! '9768/6 on July 7, 
2001. Elizabeth works in sales at Harcourt 
College Publishers, and Ryan is a CPA at 
PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP. They live in 
Richmond. • John Luca'936S/B is finance 
manager at Digital Systems International Corp. 
He lives in Arlington, VA. • Nicole (Dean) 
Lumpkin '946A/H&S married Donald Lumpkin 
'966S/H&S on May 19, 2001 . They live in 
Mechanicsville, VA. • Elizabeth (Healy) Mack 
'98MSW is a therapist III at Alexandria 
Substance Abuse Services in Alexandria, VA. 
She lives in Woodbridge,VA. • Ana Maldonado- 
6onhomme '936S/6 is a financial analyst spe- 
cialist at BCBSGA in Atlanta, where she lives. • 
George Mancini '91M6A is a senior operations 
analyst at Logicon Sterling Federal in Ft. Belvoir, 
VA. He lives in Manassas, VA. • Christopher 
Martin '926M/A is director of music and organist 
at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church in 
Richmond. He was director of music and 
organist at the First Presbyterian Church, East 
Hampton, NY. • Paul Martin '936S/6 is an agent 
at State Farm Insurance. He lives in Midlothian, 
VA with his wife Athana and their children, 
Lauren and Ashley. • *Renee Martin '916SW 
'92MSW is a self-employed clinical social 
worker in Fredericksburg, VA. She lives in King 
George, VA with her husband Johnny and their 
children, Stephen and Thomas. • Tracy 
Mathews '90BS/B is a telecommunications spe- 
cialist for the State Corporation Commission in 
Richmond. She lives in Fredericksburg, VA. • 
Jody Matzer '94BFA is an illustrator and author in 
Miles City, MT, He worked at a newspaper in 
Miles City, MT, winning several awards for his 
ad work there. Jody appeared on ABC's \Nho 
\Nants To Be A Millionaire in May, 2000. He has 



published a book about the experience and 
created his own publishing company. • LaVerne 
Mayer '94BS/B is a financial analyst at Synetics, 
Inc in King George, VA, where he lives. • Kevin 
McCarter'98MBA is president of Clover Knits, 
Inc. in Clover, SC. He lives in Charlotte, NC. • 
*Jean McClellan-Holt '90MS/E is assistant dean 
of student life at Elizabeth City State University in 
Elizabeth City, NC. • Tara (Dame) McConnell 
'99BS/H&S married Matthew McConnell on July 
7, 2001. They live in Richmond. • Courtney 
McDaniel '99BS/H&S is an associate at The 
Summers Holland Group in Atlanta, where she 
lives. • Michelle McGlnnis '95BA/H&S 
'95BS/MC IS news director at Adelphia in 
Fredericksburg, VA. • Reginald McKinney 
'90BS/B is operations officer at Chevy Chase 
Bank in Laurel, MD. He lives in Odenton, MD. • 
Lauren Meredith '93BS/ff&S is an investigator at 
First Union National Bank. She lives in Charlotte, 
NC. • Kevin Mettinger'96MFA teaches drama 
at Fauquier High School in Warrenton, VA, 
where he lives. • Brian Miller '96MBA is senior 
vice president of Palm Beach Capital Partners in 
Palm Beach, FL He lives in West Palm Beach. • 
*Jacque Minarik '99MAE teaches art at 
Marguerite Christian in Colonial Heights, VA. She 
lives in Richmond. • Sherry Moon '94MSW is a 
Roanoke clinical supervisor at Family 
Preservation Services, Inc in Roanoke, VA, 
where she lives. She also owns a Jazzercise 
franchise in Roanoke. • David Mosgrove 
'92MBA is director of operations at WinPak 
Films, Inc. in Senoia, GA. He lives in Fayeteville, 
GA. • KevinMuldowney'96MTax/Bisan 
attorney at Mayer, Brown & Piatt in Washington. 
He lives in Arlington, VA. • John Nash ■95C/B is 
an exchange administrator at GEICO in 
Washington. He lives in Falls Church, VA. • 
Donna Newton '96BS/B is senior IT 
specialist/web developer at Columbia Gas 
Transmission Corp. She lives in Manassas, VA, 
with her husband Stephen. • QuynhNham 
'98BS/B is a member of the technical staff at PEC 
Solutions Inc in Fairfax, VA, where he lives. • 
*Susan (Trulove) Noble '96MT is vice president 
of the State Board of Education in Richmond, VA. 
• *Charles Noll ■99MBA works for the US. 
Government He lives in Arlington, VA. • Sara 
O'Connell '97BS/B is assistant to the vice presi- 
dent of credit at TransMontaigne, Inc. in Roswell, 
GA. She lives in Alpharetta, GA. • Linda 
(Zaffram) Ogden '97BS/H&S married Christopher 
Ogden on August 1 1, 2001 . She is a supervisor at 
Capital One Financial Services. They live in 
Henrico County, VA. • LarryOwensJr 
'97BGS/ff&S is vice president at Henry W. 
Dabney Funeral Home. He is also senior pastor 
at Bethany Baptist Church in Montpelier, VA. He 
lives in Mechanicsville, VA. • LoriParziale 
'90BFA and her husband Victor celebrated the 
birth of their second son, Christopher Luke, on 
May 2, 2001 . • Stacy Pendleton ■96MS/B is a HR 
generalist/associate HR director at Northern 
Virginia Community College in Annandale, VA. 
She lives in South Riding, VA. • Travis Perdue 
'97C '01MS/H&S is a trooper with the Virginia 
State Police. • Peter Pontzer '94MBA is a tnal 
attorney at the Department of Housing & Urban 
Development. He lives in Fairfax, VA. • Michelle 
(Upshaw) Quigley '94BS/AH(CLS) '97MS/H&S 
and her husband Stephen celebrated the birth of 
their daughter, Caroline Elizabeth, on July 27, 
200. She is a systems analyst at Bon Secours 
Health System. • Avril (Gove) Rees '98MEd 
married William Rees on July 7, 2001 . She is a 
school counselorfor Chesterfield County Public 



Schools. They live in Richmond. • Jason 
Reynolds '99BS/B is a sales representative at 
Delta Dental in Fairfax, VA, where he lives. • 
MIchele (Feeback) Richards '96BS/H&S married 
Scott Richards '89BS/B on June 16, 2001 . She 
teaches chemistry at Manchester High School in 
Chesterfield County, VA. He is a regional sales 
manager at Georgia-Pacific Corporation. They 
live in Richmond. • Patrick Rimell ■93MPA/H&S 
IS director of Quality and Risk Management for 
the Southside Virginia Training Center in 
Petersburg, VA. • Kerri (Little) Rogers '9265/6 is 
executive director at Alexandria Chamber of 
Commerce Education Partnership in Alexandria, 
VA. She lives in Falls Church, VA. • *Theresa 
Romano '99MS/B is a PCG controller at Legg 
Mason in Baltimore, where she lives. • Valerie 
Rosenthal '93BS/6 is an ultrasonographer at I.T. 
Imaging. She lives in Washington. • StacieRoss 
'956S/6 is a business analyst at Fannie Mae in 
Herndon, VA and lives in Arlington, VA. • Kirk 
Rutherford '916S/6 is senior systems engineer at 
EMC2 in Coral Gables, FL, and lives in Miami. • 
Amy (Ketchum) Rutledge '96BA married Dewey 
Rutledge on September 18, 1999. She is an ana- 
lytical chemist at Procter and Gamble in 
(jreensboro, N.C. They live in Danville, VA. • 
Amy Rybar'99BS/6 co-founded the Charitable 
Souls Foundation in April 2001. She is vice presi- 
dent and treasurer of the foundation. Amy is a 
CPA and auditor at Ernst & Young LLP. • *Leslie 
Sands '956S/6 is director of partnerships at 
Academic Systems Corp. in Herndon, VA, where 
she lives. • Steven Schwartz ■99MS/H&S is a 
forensic chemist at the Drug Enforcement 
Administration. • Anjali Shah '956S/e 'OOMD is 
a resident at Temple University Hospital and lives 
in Philadelphia. * Monique(Garling) Simmons 
'906M/A IS CFO of Paragon Systems, Inc in 
Virginia Beach, VA. She lives in Spring Grove, 
VA. • WilliamSimpsonJr'98M6A IS manager 
at Bristol-Myers Squibs in Suwanee, GA where 
he lives. • Rachana Singh '98eFA earned a MFA 
from Yale University's Drama School. She is a 
free lance stage manager and was in 
Broadway's The Lion King. She lives in Arlington, 
VA. • StephanSirko'906S/B is regional remar- 
keting manager at Enterprise Rent-a-Car in 
Pennsayken, NJ. He lives in Swedesboro, NJ. • 
Shannon (Mottley) Sissokho '95BFA OOBFA 
married Aboubacar Sissokho on July 8, 2001. • 
Adrian Smith '906S/6 is chief financial officer at 
Basham Institutional Foods in Ft. Worth. He lives 
in Benbrook,TX. • *Charles Smith '996S/E is 
CEO and presidentofCLS & Associates, Inc. in 
Bonfiay, FL, where he lives. • "Jeffrey Smith 
'906S/6 is supervising auditor at Rentrak. He 
lives in Kennesaw, GA. • Alisa (Hubbard) 
Snyder '976S/H&S married Martin Snyder on 
June 2, 2001. • MillardSouers Jr'956S/6 isan 
audit manager at Urbach Kahn & Werhn LLP in 
Washington. He lives m Falls Church, VA. • 
Michael Sperling '926S/6 is a payment process- 
ing manager at Online Resources in McLean, VA. 
He lives in Centreville, VA. • Joy (Greene) 
Stenner ■95eA/H&S founded JSG 
Communications, a freelance marketing commu- 
nications company. She and her husband Jake 
celebrated the birth of their son Samuel in April, 
2000. They live in Greer, SC. • James Taylor Jr. 
'916S/6is a risk management coordinator for 
Johnston County in Smithfield, NC. He lives in 
Wilson, NC. • Robert Taylor '91M6A is director 
of federal marketing at RT Consultants/TREMCO 
in Manassas, VA, where he lives. • Michael 
Team '926S/6 is vice president of National 
Healthcare Services in Richmond. He lives in 



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Manassas, VA. • Sarah (Diepold) Tliacker 
'98BFA married Philip Thacker 'OOBM/A on July 
17, 1999. They live in Richmond. • *Pamela 
(Rogers) Thompson '92BFA '98MAE and her 

husband Todd celebrated the birth of their son 
Kyle on May 2, 2001 . They live in Chesapeake, 
VA. • Blaine Tingler '9888/6 is a systems 
engineer at Lockheed Martin. He lives in 
Woodbridge.VA. • Tom Trevey '94C/B is senior 
underwriter for managed care at MAG Mutual 
Insurance Agency, Ltd. in Atlanta, where he 
lives. • Susan (Clements) Valinotti '98MT 
married Charles Valinotti on June 30, 2001. They 
live in Spotsylvania, VA. • Angela (Hardy) 
Verlander 'gSBS/H&S marned Stoney Verlander 
on June 23, 2001. They live in Richmond. • 
Kenneth Wagner '96BS '97C '98MS/H&S 
'OOPhD/CPP IS assistant professor of justice 
studies at Pittsburgh State University In Kansas. 
• Martha Waldridge '98BA/H&S is an editor at 
Capital One. • William Waters ■93MTax/B is a 
tax manager at Argy, Wiltsea Robinson, PC in 
McLean, VA, where he lives. • Leslie Watson 
'90MBA works in corporate sales at YOUcentric 
Inc in Charlotte, NC where she lives. • Gary 
Weber '98BS/B marned Sarah Thornton on 
September 18, 1999. He is a quality assurance 
analyst at MediaOne. They live in Chesterfield, 
VA. • Kevin Wess'95BS/E marned Leigh 
Howery on June 19, 1999. He works at 
Professional Rehab Associates, Inc. They live in 
Chnstiansburg.VA. • Lisa West '9468/8 is a 
financial analyst at EG&G in Manassas, VA and 
lives in Fredericksburg, VA. • Margaret Wieber 
'93BS/H&S '958S/B is an paralegal at Bashyam 
& Spiro, LLP in Raleigh, NC, where she lives. • 
WalterWildman'93BS/B is in pharmaceutical 
sales at AstraZeneca in King of Prussia, PA, He 
lives in Woodbndge,VA. • Richard Winner 
'96MBA is operations manager at Celotex 
Asbestos Settlement Trust in Wilmington, DE. He 
livesinWallingford, PA. • Michael Wilson Jr 
'95BS/Bis a program manager at Spnnt and lives 
in Herndon.VA. • Angela (Garber) Wolff 
'94BS/MC married Adam Wolff on May 27, 2001. 
They live in West Orange, N.J. • Garret Wu 
'90MBA IS a partner at Accenture in Reston, VA. 
HelivesinChantilly, VA. • Bruce Yoder, 
'97PhD/H&S IS associate pastor for development 
at Richmond Hill, an ecumenical centerfor 
retreats and studies in urban spirituality. He is 
also a Mennonite minister. • Lawanda Young 
'92MBA IS a manager at Philip Morris Co., Inc. in 
Concord, NC. She lives in Charlotte, NC. • Young 
Yu '96BS/B is systems programmer at TRW Inc. 
in Reston, VA. He lives in Centreville, VA. 

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Papa Atobrah 'OOBS/B is a consultant for Trilogy 
Consulting Inc. in Glen Allen, VA. He lives in 
Reston, VA. • Marie Balagtas 'OOBS/B is a sales 
representative for Direct Alliance in Chandler, 
AZ, where she lives. • Amber (Ray) Barden 
'OOBS/H&S marned Travis Barden 'OOBS/B on 
July 8, 2001. They live in Midlothian, VA. • 
*Tricia Bartoo 'OOBS/H&S is deputy clerk for the 
Henrico Circuit Court in Richmond. She is also a 
publicist for national recording artists Fighting 
Gravity. Tncia was recently appointed assistant 
superintendent of the VA State Fair's Miniature 
Horse Program. She lives in Chesterfield, VA. • 
Carisa Benton 'OOBS/B is an advertising sales 
assistant at CMA in Fairfax, VA, where she lives. 
• Regina Blagmon 'OOBS/H&S works at Camp 
Easter Seals in Caroline County, VA. • Terry 
Bloxom 'OQBS/6 is an accountant at Cheely 
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lab of the Virginia Division of Forensic Science. • 
La'Mar Chambers 'OOBS/B is a contract traffic 
specialist at America Online in Dulles, VA. She 
lives in Manassas, VA. • Allison Cheatham 
'OOBS/E is the certified athletic trainer for 
Collegiate Schools in Richmond, where she lives. 
• Chanell Clark 'OOBS/B is revenue analyst at 
Allied Automotive Inc. in Decatur, GA, and lives 
in Atlanta. • Tonya Fleming 'OOBS/B is assistant 
controller at Caslacks Sonoco in Richmond, 
where she lives. • LaToya Frye 'OOBS/B is a 
teller at Wachovia in Charlottesville, VA, where 
she lives. • David GrayJr'OIBS/H&S is a police 
officer in the Houston Police Department • 
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June 30, 2001 . He works at Circuit City. They live 
in Richmond. • Gloria Hill 'OOMS/H&S is a DNA 
analyst at the Norfolk lab of the Virginia Division 
of Forensic Science. • Michele Hundley-Tingler 
'OOBS/B is a staff accountant at the Virginia 
FoodService Group, Inc. in Richmond. She lives 
InHopewelLVA. • Sarah Jessie '01 MS/H&S is 
an investigator at the Hennco County Police 
Department. • A'Keisha Johnson 'OOBS/B is on 
the revenue team for Costar in Bethesda, MD, 
and lives in Alexandria, VA. • Cynthia Kuhn 
'OOMS/H&S is a DNA analyst at the North 
Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. • 
Christopher Lee 'OOBS/B is a staff auditor at 
Auditor of Public Accounts in Richmond where 
he lives. • Tiffany Lewis 'OOBS/B is an account 
coordinator for the National Journal in 
Washington. She lives in Alexandria, VA. • 
Shelli (Clemens) Lord 'OOBS/B is intermediate 
analyst at First Union Securities in Richmond, 
where she lives. • Megan Malstrom 'OOBS/B is 
mutual funds trader at First Union Securities in 
Glen Allen, VA. She lives in Richmond. • Emily 
McKeever 'OOBS/B is a staff accountant at Ernst 
& Young in Richmond, where she lives. • Korin 



McKeever 'OOBS/B is a client management asso- 
ciate at Keaton Financial Consultants, Inc. in 
Richmond. She lives in Mechanicsville, VA. • 
Mary Milks 'OOBS/B is a reports analyst at 
Health Net Federal Services in Rancho Cordova, 
CA. She lives in Rocklin, CA. • Chandelle Parker 
'OOBS/B is a staff auditor at LandAmerica 
Financial Group in Richmond, where she lives. • 
Victoria Parrott'OIBS/H&S is an intelligence 
analyst with the Chesterfield County Police 
Department. • KeishaPayton'OIBS/H&Sisa 
medical technologist atVCU Health System's 
MCV Hospital. • Anne Perkins 'OOBS/B is 
general ledger analyst at Honeywell in Chester, 
VA, where she lives. • Margaret (Hamill) 
Phillips 'OOBIS/H&S marned Baxter Phillips III on 
July?, 2001. They live in Richmond. • Eileen 
Roemer '01MS/H&S is a special agent with the 
FBI, She was recently promoted to captain in the 
U.S, Naval Reserve. • Eboni (Holt) Rufus 
'OOBS/B married Frederick Rufus on July 21, 
2001.Theylive in Richmond. • TarikSayed 
'OOBS/H&S married Christine Newchok on May 
5, 2001. He works at Ortho-McNeil. • Cindy 
Sitler 'OOBS/B is billing assistant at Hunton & 
Williams in Richmond. She lives in Glen Allen, 
VA. • BrandyWorkman'OOBS/B is account 
manager at Atlantic Management in Richmond, 
where she lives. 

Obihiaries 
1930s 

Raleigh Hobson '38MSW on July 19, 2001, at 90. 
He worked at the Federal Supplementary Social 
Security Income program. He was director of 
Maryland's State Department of Social Services 
and directorof Public Welfare for the City of 
Richmond and superintendent of the Richmond 



Social Services Bureau. He served in the Navy 
dunngWWII. • Louise (Belcher) Jones 
'32BS/H&S on August 15, 2001, at 91. She was an 
intake officerforthe Richmond Juvenile and 
Domestic Relations Court, and worked for the 
Petersburg and Suffolk Social Services Bureaus 
for a number of years. Louise worked for the 
American Red Cross during WWII and received 
the March of Dime's Carol Lane Award 
Honorable Mention for starting the Behind-the- 
Wheel Dnver Training program in Chesterfield 
County, VA. She was a founding member of the 
Chester Woman's Club, Village Women's Club 
and the Chesterfield Historical Society. • 
Katherine (Baker) Poindexter '38/A on July 4, 
2001, at 81. She was postmistress at the 
Carysbrook Post Office. • JaneZambuto 
'38BS/H&S'45MSW on November 19, 1999. She 
was a consultant for a Catholic adoption agency 
in Seattle. She also worked in the neurology 
section at Blue Ridge, and forthe Social 
Services Department of University of Virginia 
Hospital. Jane also wrote short stories for which 
she won several awards. 

1940s 

Sidney Grr 'a2BFA on September 30, 2001 , at 83. 
• Aileen (Traylor) Taylor '40 on August 21 , 2001 . 
She was assistant to the minister at Reveille 
United Methodist Church. She was also head of 
Wedding Services at Miller &Rhoads, • George 
Willis '49BFA on Januan/ 13, 2001 . He was a 
dedicated, enthusiastic teacher and band 
director who wrote shows and arrangements for 
high schools from Virginia to Florida. His award- 
winning bands played in concerts and marched 
in parades from the Orange Bowl to the Apple 
Blossom Festival, He also taught chorus, strings 
and even bagpipes. He was a leader in music 
education organizations, and as president of the 



WINTER 39 2002 



Fredericksburg Education Association he 
worked toward the intergration of teachers in 
Virginia in the 1960s. He and Jean Light Willis 
'47-49A have four children. 

1950s 

S. James Culler 'SSMS/AH on August 16, 2001, at 
85 Caroll Hatcher '57BS/IVIC on September 25, 

2001 , at 73. He was the former managing editor 
and outdoor writer at the IVlartinsville Bulletin in 
Martinsville, VA. He served in the U.S. Air Force 
in Germany for four years and was a member of 
the Virginia and National Outdoor Writers 
Association. 

1960s 

Margaret Atkinson 'BSBS/E on September 22, 
2001, at 97. She taught at St. Christopher's and 
St Catherine's Schools. • Carol (Jacobs) Gratz 
'67BFA on April 16, 2001. • Evelyn Harris 'BBBS/E 
on June 24, 2001, at 61. She owned and operated 
Commonwealth Contact Lens and Optical 
Consultants. She was a licensed optician and 
certified contact lens specialist. Evelyn was a 
swimming and diving instructor, and coached 
women's Softball and basketball teams in the 
Richmond area. She volunteered for the Hanover 
Master Gardeners, and was a member of the 
Different Drummers Surf Fishing Team. Evelyn 
was a member of the North Carolina Beach 
Buggy Association, Cape Hatteras Anglers Club 
and the NBA. ' Thomas Jenkins Jr'67BS/B on 
September 7, 2001 , at 58 after a long battle with 
cancer. He was vice president of sales and mar- 
keting for Beacon Press, Inc. in Richmond. ° 
Stephen Merritt 'eaBS/HScS 'SSC/B on October 
16, 2001, at 55. He was an assistant professor at 
Randolph-Macon College. He worked for the 
United Virginia Band and forthe State Council for 
Higher Education in Virginia. Stephen co-owned 
MiniVan LLC in Ashland, VA. He served on the 
Ashland Town Council and was Mayor of 
Ashland from 1992-94. ° DonaRula 
'65MS/AH(RC)onOctober9,2001,at71. • Flora 
(Hudson) Slayton 'BBBS/SW on August 25, 2001. 
She taught school in Lunenburg County, 
Chesterfield County and the City of Richmond. 
She was a member of Alpha Delta Kappa 
Educational Society. 

1970s 

Mark Bowman ■75BS/H&S on January 9, 2001. • 
Nancy Broughton '72MEd on J uly 4, 2001 , at 88, 
of cancer. She worked in the activities depart- 
ment at Lucy Corr Nursing Home. She taught 
English and was a guidance counselor at 
Thomas Dale High School in Chesterfield County, 
VA. = Mildred Butler 71 BM on August 18, 2001. 
She was an organist and choir director at the 



Washington Street Methodist Church, the 
Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer and Walnut 
Hill Baptist Church. • CorliesKildall'71BFAon 
August 28, 1999. • Nathalee Lawless ■73BS 
'75MS/H&S on November 30, 1995. • Stephen 
Lenton ■73MS/E on September 1 5, 2001 , at 60 of 
AIDS-related complications. He was a licensed 
professional counselor and deacon of the 
Roman Catholic Church. He was assistant dean 
for student life at VCU. He was regional director 
for Peace Corps/Philippines as well as assistant 
program and training officer for Peace Corps 
East Asia/Pacific. Stephen worked with emotion- 
ally disturbed children atthe Psychiatric Institute 
of Richmond, and co-founded Commonwealth 
Professional Services. His awards include the 
President's Medallion for Heroism from the 
Republic of the Philippines; the national Most 
Innovative Program Award for his work at VCU; 
the Kathleen and Gilbert Wrenn Humanitarian 
and Caring Person Award from the American 
Counselor Association; and others. A member of 
the Knights of Columbus, he received Bishop 
Walter Sullivan's Lay Disciple Recognition 
Award • John Letcher ■75BS/H&S '79MD on 
January 2, 2001 • Judith (Fletcher) Loukes 
■73MEd on June 4, 2001 . • Donna Mejia ■77BS/E 
on August 4, 2001 , at 47. She was recreational 
director at St Francis Home in Richmond. " 
Antonio Molini Jr ■77BS/E on January 20, 2000. ' 
Richard Mooneyham ■73BS/B on August 1 , 2001, 
at 54. ' GayOutland'74BS/EonJunel5,2001. • 
Shelly Reizenstein '78MFA on November 24, 

2000. •■ Mina Ritchie ■72BS/SW on August 9, 
2001 • Donette Shepherd ■78BFA on Apnl 23, 

2001. • Carolyn Sheriff '78MBA on September 
10, 2001, at 49, of bone marrow cancer. She was 
manager of telecommunications for AT&T. She 
was a memberofthe Army Navy Country Club 
and former president of the CareerWomen's 
Golf organization. • Theresa (Roth) Simons 
'71BS/E on August 29, 2001, at 91. She taught at 
Powhatan School, and Mary Munford 
Elementary. She was superintendent of Sunday 
school at Temple Beth-El, and helped start the 
Jewish Community Center's Camp Hilbert. 
Theresa was president of the Hennetta Szold 
Group of Hadassah, Grand Group, and worked in 
the Beth El Sisterhood. • James Swafford 
'70BS/H&S on August 16, 1998. • Deborah Trem 
■78BS/MC in October of 1998. • Arthur Vandereit 
■79BS/H&S on July 6, 1994. • Alfred Whitelow 
'71MS/B on June 30, 2001, at 67. He was a large 
casemanagerforthe IRS. He was a member of 
the Board of Trustees of Bridgewater College, 
Board of Directors at Rockingham Memorial 
Hospital, and Board of Directors of Richmond 
Community Hospital. He was also director of the 
Richmond Retirement Board. • Esther Willis 
'70BS/EonMayl8,2000. 



Charles Brumfield Jr '81MSW on August 17, 
2001, at 61 • Thomas Freeman '83BS/H&S on 
August 1,1999. • *Larry Padgett '81 BS/B on 

June 23, 2001, at 43. He owned and operated 
Padgett Insurance, Incorporated. • Susan 
Roebuck '81BS/E • Anthony Skufca '85BS/B on 

August 15, 2001, at 48. He was a technology 
system engineer team leader at Perot Systems 
Corporation. He worked at Time Life Customer 
Service, Inc. • Stephen White '82BFA on March 
6,1992. • Larry Wyatt'84BS/H&S on October 27, 
2001, of complications from AIDS. His steady, 
compassionate talks in Richmond churches and 
communities increased AIDS awareness and 
understanding. 

1990s 

Alice (Hogg) Conaty '99BS/MC on August 29, 
2001 , at 46. She was director of special projects 
and wardrobe mistress forthe Concert Ballet of 
Virginia. She established a scholarship in 
memory of her grandfather at VCU, and was a 
member of Kappa Tau Alpha, the National Mass 
Communications honor society. • James Garvey 
'96BSW on Apnl 14, 2001, at 48. • Lisa 
(Lamberth) Powell ■92BS/B on October 8, 2001, at 
31 . She was manager of the Toymaker of 
Williamsburg in Richmond. She was a hostess at 
Buckhead's Restaurantand a memberofthe 
Richmond Dive Club. 

Friends of VCU 

William Causieestko on June 22, 2001, at 75. He 
was a member of many organizations and an 
army veteran. • LinwoodGilman Jr. on August 
2, 2001, at 78. • Harriet GumenickGrandis on 

July 15, 2001, after a brief illness. She was 
honorary co-chair for the Jewish Community 
Federation's Campaign for Operations Exodus 
and Director Emerita of the Richmond Children's 
Museum. She and her husband Harry created 
several scholarships for students at VCU and the 
University of Richmond. Harriet was a sponsor of 
the Harry and Harriet Grandis Behavior 
Department atthe Meir Hospital in Kfar Saba, 
Israel. She and her husband were awarded 
VCU's Edward A. Wayne Medal for outstanding 
contributions to society through humanitanan- 
ism, science, art and public service in May, 2000. 
• Dr. Jack Thornton Sr. on October 3, 2001 . He 
was a retired professor of business administra- 
tion at VCU. • Helen (Horner) White on 
September 3, 2001, at 89. She was a retiree of 
MCV Health Systems at VCU and Thalhimers 
Department store. 



Key To Abbreviations 

Alumni are identified by year degree/school 

Schools 

A Arts 

AH Allied Health Professions 

(CLS) Clinical Laboratory Sciences 
(RC) Rehabilitation Counseling 

B Business 

GPP Centerfor Public Policy 

D Dentistry 

E Education 

En Engineering 

H&S Humanities and Sciences 

M-BH Medicine-Basic Health Sciences 



MC Mass Communications 
l\l Nursing 
P Pharmacy 
SW Social Work 

Degrees 

AS Associate's Degree 
C Certificate 

BGS Bachelor of General Studies 
BIS Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies 
BFA,IVIFA Bachelor, Master of Fine Art 
BIS, MIS Bachelor, Master of Interdisciplinary 
Studies 



BSW, MSW Bachelor, Master of Social Work 
BM, MM, MME Bachelor, Master of Music, 

Master of Music Education 
M, DPA Master, Doctor of Public Administration 
MAE Master of Art Education 
MBA Master of Business Administration 
MD Doctor of Medicine 
MEd Master of Education 
MIS Master of Interdisciplinary Studies 
MPA, DPA Master, Doctor of Public Administration 
MT Five-yearTeacher Education program includes 

a BA or BS/H&S and a Master of Teaching. 
MURP Master of Urban and Regional Planning 
PhD Doctor of Philosophy 



SHAFER COURT 40 CONNECTIONS 



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"As long as I don't ^ 
play John McEnroe, 
I'm fine." 

Noah Yannick, 1983 

winner of the French Open. 
The annual VCU/Trigon 
Champions Tournament at 
the Siegel Center last September became a Rally for Relief, with proceeds 
benefiting the Richmond chapter of the American Red Cross for victims of the 
September 11 terrorist attacl<s. Stars like McEnroe, defending champion, and 
seven-time Grand Slam winner Mats Wilander pledged to match the amount 
raised. Siegel Center, September 27-l\lovember 1 



"Eccentricity and deviation make 
art visible. Bad art is not ugly; bad 
art is invisible." 



"We had heard about your facility and some 
of the innovative things VCU is doing in the 
field of emergency medicine from one of 
our show's staff physicians. You have a 
smart approach." 

Elizabeth Hunter, a writer at NBC's hit fffspent 
two days last summer at VCU in MCV Hospitals' Emer- 
gency Room, observing procedures, talking with staff 
and soaking up the environment to find material for 
new episodes. 

i "The WTC disaster is an 
excellent example of why 
we need toxicological testing 
in the modem world. 
Unknown quantities of 
chemicals with unknown 
properties spread over a 
huge area where millions of 
people live and work. We 
don't even know if those 

chemicals were completely safe as used in the 

WTC before the fires of 

September 11." 

Dr. Peter deFur, VCU professor of 
environmental studies, on the 
National Council for Environ- 
mental Policy and Technology, 

which advises the EPA on identify- 
ing chemicals toxic to hormonal 
processes in humans and wildlife. 





" Dave Hickey, author of Air Guitar, professor of art criticism 
and theory at the University of Las Vegas, 2001 MacArthur 
Fellow, at BLUR, conference of the National Council of Art 
Administrators hosted by School of the Arts. November 15 




"There is no technical solution to eliminate bioterrorism. It 
needs an ethical, moral solution. But will ethics have any 
meaning for a sociopath?" 

Or. Richard Wenzel, VCU chair of internal medicine and internationally 
recognized expert on infectious disease. He is the first editor-at-large of 
the New England Journal of Medicine, after sen'mg on the board oiNEJM 
for eight years. Bioterrorism Forum, Trani Center for Life Sciences, 
November 15 





"Poor market design ► 

caused the energy crisis in 

CaUfomia's deregulation 

of electricity. Our computer experiments show that 

deregulated electronic markets, supported by computer 

optimization programs, generated comjjetitive prices, 

efficient levels of capacity and energy conservation." 

Dr. Vernon Smith, School of Business Thalhimer Family Scholar-in- 
Residence. Smith has written more than 200 articles on finance and 
experimental economics, directs the Economic Science Laboratory at 
George Mason University, and for 30 years was an international con- 
sultant on privatizing electricity. Student Commons, November 8 [Virginia 
deregulated electricity on January 1 .) 



BEAIRIZ SCH 



"Books are containers of 
treasures. We want our 
children to develop an 
insatiable hunger for 
reading." 

James Earl Jones, actor, 
American icon, and the voice of 
Verizon, presented a $20,000 gift 
from Verizon to the Richmond 
Area Reading Council's "Books for 
Babies" program, which gives 
books to new mothers to read to 
their babies. VCU's MCV Hospitals, 
October 



"edgy, subversive, humorous, exu- 
berantly physical," describes the 
work of modern dancer David 
Dorfman. He held a five-week 
teaching residency last fall and 
made a new work for VCU dance 
students which appeared with 
alumni performances at Peak 
Performance Plus, the celebration 
of the Dance and Choreography 
Department's 20th Anniversary, at 
the Carpenter Center, February 19. 
Coming: David Dorfman and Dan 
Froot celebrate friendship 
between "jocks," in Live Sax Acts, 
March 21. Tickets and schedules: 
(804) 828-2020. 



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Warm feelings ran high on December 8, when 
graduates and families celebrated VCU's first 
Winter Commencetnent, granting 1,650 degrees 
to students from 46 countries and 33 states. 
Before the ceremony at the Siegel Center, grads 
and families enjoyed a Commencement Luncheon 
at the Student Commons, hosted 
by the VCU Alumni Association. 



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